I have it on good authority that Manitoba is close to exercising their rights under section 83 of the Criminal Code to legalize a variety of amateur combative sports.
Manitoba will apparently pass an Order in Council in the upcoming weeks. The OIC will designate a variety of traditional amateur marital arts as legal. These will initially be limited to striking arts such as Karate.
The Government plans on handing the regulatory reigns to oversight of these sports to various Provincial Sports Organizations.
Amateur MMA and Kickboxing will apparently be excluded from the OIC (meaning they will remain illegal for the time being) as these sports lack a PSO in the Province.
The Province is apparently open minded to legalizing both amateur MMA and Kickboxing, however, they do not wish to be the regulator and the legalization of these sports will be put on hold until the community develops a recognized PSO for these sports which can gain the confidence of the Government.
Update October 8, 2014 – Manitoba has now passed the anticipated OIC. Details can be found here.