Residency for Men’s and Women’s Championships
Page will be updated in September 2021
The Northwest Territories Curling Association (NWTCA) has adopted Curling Canada’s Residency Policy for the 2021-2022 Curling Season.
NWT teams wishing to use a free agent must complete a Request for Inter-Provincial/Territorial Transfer form and return it to the NWTCA no later than 30 days prior to the deadline of either Men's or Ladies Championships. The remaining team members will have to complete the Consent to Join Curling Canada’s Whereabouts Program and provide the required documents. These two forms must be submitted together.
Players residing within the Northwest Territories and wishing to represent another province/territory must submit a Release Request form to the NWTCA no later than 30 days prior to the deadline of either Men's or Ladies Championships.
The application process to access a free agent is a 5 step process.
Step 1 – Submit application 30 days prior to the Deadline of either the Men's or Ladies championship held in the NWT.
Step 2 – Teams will receive written confirmation that their application was received from the NWTCA office. Incomplete applications will be returned to the team; teams will have 3 days make corrections to their application. Failure to meet the deadlines of Step 1 or Step 2 will result in a denied application.
Step 3 – NWTCA will verify that the Applicant is a member in good standing of the NWT club they wish to represent.
Step 4 – NWTCA will notify the team once the application has been approved.
Step 5 – NWTCA will notify Curling Canada of the teams use of a free agent and their participation in the ‘Whereabouts Program’.
Below is the quoted requirements from Curling Canada if more detail is required.
BIRTHRIGHT STATUS FOR THE TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS & BRIER ONLY
Curling Canada’s residency eligibility rules for the Brier and Tournament of Hearts ONLY - including the provincial / territorial playdown processes leading to those national championships - have been updated to include Birthright Status. This revision will be effective immediately beginning with the 2019-20 curling season.
POLICY: Canadians that have moved away from the province / territory where they were born are now eligible to play for that province / territory under the Birthright Status. The player must be a bona-fide resident in Canada to claim this exemption.
Birthright Special Circumstances:
Nunavut Territory / Northwest Territories
A player born before April 1, 1999 anywhere in the Northwest Territories that is now considered part of the Territory of Nunavut may claim birthright for either the Northwest Territories or Nunavut. If a player claims one or the other Territory will determine their Territory of birth for the remainder of their career.
An athlete in competition for the Tournament of Hearts or Brier (at all levels):
1) Must be a Canadian citizen.
2) Must be a bona fide resident of the province / territory they intend to represent. Member Associations may allow Canadian citizens who are residents of border towns in the United States, and who are active members in good standing of affiliated Canadian curling clubs, to participate.
3) Birthright: born in the province / territory in which they intend to represent.
4) Must not have competed for any other member country in any World Curling Federation competition (at any level) the previous two curling seasons (a curling season is determined as September 1 to May 31).
5) May be a Free Agent. A Free Agent is a citizen and a resident anywhere in Canada who chooses to compete in any of the fourteen (14) member associations. (note: both affected Member Associations must approve any Free Agent.)
Teams in competition for the Tournament of Hearts or Brier (at all levels):
1) If one (1) player on a team of four (4) players is a free agent, the other three (3) players
(including any alternate player) must be bona-fide residents in the province or
territory and/or must have Birthright Status.
2) If a free agent is not used, all players on a team of four (4) players must be bona-fide
residents in the province or territory and/or must have Birthright Status. Any
alternate may be a Free Agent.
3) All four (4) or five (5) team members may claim birthright status.
4) Must be a member in good standing of the same affiliated curling club. (Member
Associations may adjust this to one or more affiliated curling clubs.)