Proposed Regulatory Amendments to the General Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 52) under the Athletics Control Act
Bill or Act:
Athletics Control Act
Summary of Decision:
The government approved the Ministry of Consumer Services' proposal to adopt the rules for professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as are currently applied in the State of New Jersey. Ontario's current licensing and medical regime for professional boxing and kickboxing events now also applies to professional MMA events held in Ontario.
New regulations under the Athletics Control Act came into effect on January 1, 2011 to permit professional MMA events in Ontario.
Effective January 1, 2011, Ontario began accepting applications from event promoters who would like to stage professional MMA events and from competitors who would like to be licensed in the province.
September 9, 2010
Summary of Proposal:
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is currently prohibited in Ontario due to a federal Criminal Code provision that requires provincial authorization to permit prize fights, such as professional boxing, kickboxing and MMA events.
The government is moving forward to amend the regulation under the Athletics Control Act to allow professional MMA in Ontario. The province is proposing to adopt the rules of the State of New Jersey as part of regulation. Ontario is also proposing to increase the fee on gross receipts from 2% to 5% to recover the costs of regulating professional combative sports (boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts).
Adopting an existing set of rules such as New Jersey's ensures that Ontario's rules are aligned with those in other North American jurisdictions and supports competitor safety by avoiding unique rule variations and interpretative doubt in application by officials. Ontario's licensing and medical requirements for MMA would continue to follow the current regime as practiced by the Athletics Commissioner for professional boxing and kickboxing.
The Ministry of Consumer Services seeks comments on these proposed amendments.
Ministry of Consumer Services
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
Attention: Samantha Pinto, Policy Advisor
January 1, 2011