BC Athletic Commissioner
UPDATE - Athletic Commissioner Act comes into force.
The Athletic Commissioner Act will come into force effective May 30th. On that date the BC Athletic Commissioner will commence operations. Links to the Athletic Commissioner Act, the Athletic Commissioner Regulation and the Minister’s Regulation are set out below.
Additional links include an Information Sheet on transition from local athletic commissions to provincial regulation and a FAQ document.
The Athletic Commissioner Act
Athletic Commissioner Regulation
Minister’s Athletic Commissioner Regulation
Information Sheet – Transitions from Local Athletic Commissions to BC Athletic Commissioner
The Athletic Commissioner Act (Bill 50) was passed by the B.C. Legislature on May 30, 2012. The Act provides for a BC Athletic Commissioner to regulate and supervise professional contests that feature:
- Mixed martial arts;
The purpose of this initiative is to ensure the safety of participants in boxing and 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 Consultation period is now closed. Thank you to all those who provided comments. The Summary Report of the comments can be found here.
The Consultation paper that was originally posted can be found here.
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: 250-387-6212
By Mail: Athletic Commission Consultation
PO Box 9847 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9T2
Thank you for your time and comments!
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