BC’s Athletic Commission Regulations Expected to be “Established Soon”

Last Summer British Columbia passed the Athletic Commissioner Act which will create a commission to regulate “professional” MMA and other combat sports on a Province wide basis.  Despite this there is still little certainty about exactly how professional contests will be regulated in BC because the Athletic Commissioner Act Regulations have not yet been passed.

The Regulations will be the ‘nuts and bolts’ governing professional contests in BC as they can address the following:

(a) prescribing the requirements that a corporation must meet to be eligible for an administrative agreement under section 6 [administrative agreement];

(b) establishing criteria for the purposes of section 8 (2) (b) [power of corporation to set and retain fees];

(c) prescribing other activities for which a licence is required;

(d) respecting licences, including, without limitation, prescribing

(i) information, authorizations and records that must be provided on application for a licence,

(ii) eligibility criteria,

(iii) terms and conditions of licences, and

(iv) forms of licences;

(e) respecting event permits, including, without limitation, prescribing

(i) information, authorizations and records that must be provided on application for an event permit,

(ii) eligibility criteria,

(iii) terms and conditions of event permits, and

(iv) forms of event permits;

(f) respecting security in relation to event permits, including, without limitation, prescribing

(i) the amount, or maximum amount, of security that may be required,

(ii) the forms of the security that may be provided, and

(iii) the circumstances under which the security may be realized;

(g) requiring event permit holders to have insurance for a professional contest or exhibition, including, without limitation, establishing the amounts of insurance required;

(h) respecting records, books and accounts to be kept by holders of licences and event permits;

(i) requiring holders of licences and event permits to provide information to the commissioner at the times and in the manner directed by the commissioner;

(j) respecting the duties of persons promoting, conducting or holding, matchmaking for, acting as seconds for, refereeing or judging professional contests or exhibitions;

(k) establishing standards for refereeing, judging or matchmaking for professional contests or exhibitions;

(l) regulating or prohibiting the use of specified equipment during weigh-ins and professional contests or exhibitions;

(m) respecting the safety of participants, officials and others at professional contests or exhibitions;

(n) respecting medical examinations for professional athletes and the availability of medical assistance during professional contests or exhibitions;

(o) providing for the drug and alcohol testing of professional athletes on a random basis or otherwise;

(p) regulating the conduct of professional athletes and other participants in professional contests or exhibitions;

(q) requiring that the officials for a professional contest or exhibition be designated by the commissioner;

(r) respecting the payment of officials who participate in a professional contest or exhibition, including, without limitation, prescribing the amounts officials must be paid.

 

I followed up with Bill Bennett, BC’s current Minister of Sport about when the Regulations will be in force.  He responded that they are expected to be established “soon”.

Bill Bennett exchange re MMA Regulations

I would expect that these regulations will be out before the Spring election but this remains to be seen.  I will continue to keep an eye on these developments.

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