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Prince Edward Island has become the latest Canadian Province to exercise their powers under s. 83 of the Criminal Code designating a list of amateur combat sports which are legal.

On September 23, 2014 PEI passed OIC 2014-553 which designates amateur Karate, Kickboxing, Grappling, Jiu Jitsu, Wushu, Kung Fu and Aikido as being outside the scope of the Criminal Code.  Contests in these sports are allowed without any regulatory oversight with the exception of Karate and Kickboxing which need to be overseen by Karate PEI and Kickboxing PEI.

Amateur MMA remains illegal in the Province.  The OIC does not address professional combat sports and the Province continues to consider whether they will legalize professional MMA.  If they do so the Provincial commission would likely be given oversight of both professional and amateur MMA.

You can find the full OIC here: PEI Order In Council Legalizing Amateur Martial Arts

Prince Edward Island Amateur Kickboxing

I thought that Weyburn Saskatchewan would be the first to teach us what happens when an unsanctioned combat sport is hosted in a post Bill S-209 world but the matter is apparently still “under investigation”.  Moving East, Charlottetown PEI has just demonstrated the modern reality of what occurs when a combat sports event is planned without proper legislation in place.

CBC News reports that Island Inferno VII, an amateur kickboxing event, was shut down by local police just hours before taking place.  The event has been hosted in previous years without a hitch but now, with Bill S-209 in place and no appropriate Provincial laws giving amateur kickboxing a legal framework in PEI, the event is left in the dark.

While the event organizers have good reason to be upset by the 11th hour government shutdown, the local authorities are not out of line in their legal position.  This serves as a real-world reminder that the law in Canada is now clear that amateur combat sports outside of those in the Programme of the IOC (boxing, judo, wrestling and taekwondo) are illegal by default.  Provinces can overcome this default position by passing appropriate local laws designating which combat sports can be held in compliance with Section 83 of the Criminal Code.  You can click here for a summary of what Bill S-209 does and the ways to comply with the law.

It is not enough to have event oversight by a sport organization such as Kickboxing Canada as the Island Inferno organizers did, the event also must be held in a jurisdiction that has passed the required laws giving their blessing to the specific combat sport.  BC and Saskatchewan are two such provinces who have designated legal amateur combat sports further to Bill S-209.  Other Provinces would do well to follow suit.