I have previously highlighted why there is no proper framework for amateur MMA in Ontario and until appropriate post Bill S-209 laws are passed amateur MMA events cannot comply with section 83 of the Criminal Code.
Despite this it appears that some amateur Combat Sports events are taking place without government repercussions. Pecker’d Promotions discusses at least two past MMA events on their website which apparently took place in 2013 after Bill S-209 was passed, namely the Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Championship Series 1 and 2 which are advertised to have taken place on November 13, 2013 and December 14, 2013 in Burlington and Brampton Ontario. There are also video highlights published on YouTube:
I applaud efforts to grow amateur combat sports in Canada. For this to happen effectively, however, a proper legal framework needs to be put in place. Absent this those involved risk prosecution under the Criminal Code. To my knowledge there have not been any prosecutions for the AMMACS events despite section 83 of the Criminal Code. The question is why? Is Ontario choosing to put their head in the sand when it comes to amateur MMA the way much of Canada did before Bill S-209 or, worse yet, is the government choosing to only selectively prosecute amateur MMA events at their discretion?
If the Government is looking the other way because they are now ok with amateur MMA they are going about it the wrong way. There is no reason why amateur MMA can’t be legalized in Ontario and the Government can choose to follow either the BC Model, the Saskatchewan Model or carve their own path. Until this is done those that participate in the sport are taking a gamble as to whether the authorities will seek to enforce the letter of the law.