October 18, 2019

Mr. Randy Horton
Executive Director
Ontario Union of Martial Artists

Dear Mr. Horton:

Thank you for your letter regarding the Combative Sports Act, 2019, which, if proclaimed, would update Ontario’s framework for combative sports.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport will be engaging with the combative sport sector on the new legislation throughout the summer and fall of 2019. The discussion document and survey that were distributed on June 26 represent the first step in this process. I understand you have received these materials from my ministry, and I encourage you to share them with your members.

Regarding your specific concerns, I can confirm that the licensing provisions of the act would only apply to professional combative sport contests and exhibitions. The other issues you have raised will be carefully considered as the regulations are developed.

Details regarding the next stage of consultation have not yet been finalized. However, the ministry is committed to keeping you informed about future opportunities for input. I appreciate you taking the time to raise your concerns about the act and I thank you again for your letter.

Kindest regards,


Lisa MacLeod

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport