The Athletic Commissioner Act (Bill 50) was passed by the B.C. Legislature on May 30, 2012. The Act provides for a Provincial Athletic Commissioner to regulate and supervise professional contests that feature:
Mixed martial arts;
Muay Thai kickboxing.
The purpose of this initiative is to ensure the safety of participants in combat sports such as mixed martial arts, and to implement consistent rules, policies and procedures across the province.
This Act does not apply to amateur contests or events.
The key duties of the Commissioner would be to:
Establish a consistent standard of qualifications and safety protocols for all participants and officials through a uniform licensing and permitting framework; and
Ensure compliance with the Act and its regulations.
There are currently at least nine local athletic commissions throughout the province. When the Provincial Athletic Commission is established, the local commissions will no longer operate, as the provincial government will assume responsibility for professional combat sport events across B.C.
If local governments do not want such contests to take place in their communities, they would be able to prohibit these events by passing a bylaw.
The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is currently meeting with local commissions to solicit feedback on a regulatory regime. We are also seeking public input to help develop the regulations that are required in order to establish the Commission under the Athletic Commissioner Act.
The Consultation Paper that is the basis for the proposed regulations can be found here.
As part of our continuing commitment to engage British Columbians in the decision making process, the Ministry would like to hear your comments.
Comments to the Ministry should be made on or before Oct. 20, 2012.
Please click here to provide your input.
Personal information is collected for the purposes of developing the Provincial Athletic Commission by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development under s. 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. All submissions will be reviewed for inclusion in the consultation summary report. Comments received will be treated as confidential. Please note that comments you provide and information that identifies you as the source of those comments may be made publicly available if a Freedom of Information (FOI) request is made under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Please be aware that any personal information in connection with your response to the survey is stored in Canada by FluidSurvey and not the Government of British Columbia. For questions regarding the collection of personal information, please email Athletic.Commissioner@gov.bc.ca
If you have any questions or comments regarding the consultation process, please send an email to: Athletic.Commissioner@gov.bc.ca
Other written submissions or comments may also be sent to the Ministry using the following:
By Email: Athletic.Commissioner@gov.bc.ca
By Fax: 250-984-7531
By Mail: Athletic Commission Consultation
PO Box 9847 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9T2
Thank you for your time and comments!
This website provides an opportunity for public input into the development of the Provincial Athletic Commissioner’s role. In the future, it will allow you to keep up-to-date on the Commissioner’s activities.