Since last year I have been pressing Ontario for answers about if or when they will exercise their section 83 Criminal Code powers to legalize amateur MMA and other non-Olympic combat sports.
Ontario has finally provided a substantive reply and the Province advises that they plan on legalizing amateur MMA along with many other combat sports. Specifically Steve Harlow of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has advised that:
For the purposes of Section 83 of the Criminal Code, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport proposes that the following amateur combative sports be designated:
– jiu jitsu
– mixed martial arts
You can find a copy of Harlow’s full letter here which seeks feedback from all interested in the Combat Sports community:
The Ministry is seeking stakeholder feedback until December 8 and the formal regulations are expected shortly thereafter.