Ministry of Sport Letter: Combat Sport Act, 2019

Ontario Union of Martial Artists Ministry of Sport Letter: Combat Sport Act, 2019
To all our Martial Arts friends and family, below is the recent letter I received from the ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  In summary they are proposing legislation that removes the monopoly that Provincial Sport Organization’s have on amateur martial art competition and event sanctioning.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Dear Randy Horton:
I am pleased to let you know that Ontario’s government for the people has listened to your concerns and has introduced the Combative Sports Act, 2019.
The bill was introduced as Schedule 9 of the Protecting What Matters Most Act (Budget Measures), 2019. You can find it online at
Our government for the people understands why so many Ontarians choose to participate in combative sports and will be making it safer to compete in various competitions. The proposed legislation would provide a wider range of legal options to host amateur combative sport contests.
I know that participating in sports can increase one’s self-esteem, lower feelings of anxiety, develop self-discipline and help our youth thrive and overcome adversity.
If passed, the Act will improve safety for both amateur and professional combative sport athletes to help these sports grow and help generate positive economic outcomes across the province.
More specifically, the proposed legislation would:
  • Improve regulations intended to protect the health and safety of amateur and professional combative sport athletes;
  • Allow more amateur combative sport competitions to be held legally by anyone, with a permit;
  • Modernize Ontario’s professional combative sport rules, which are in some cases decades out of date;
  • Establish an Ontario Combative Sport Advisory Council to provide ongoing expert advice on rules and regulations to the Minister.
Our ministry will be seeking input on a range of matters in the proposed legislation, including which professional and amateur combative sports will be permitted.
As a long-time advocate of changes to combative sport and as a fifth dan black belt in Taekwondo, I look forward to engaging with you – our partners – on the implementation of the proposed legislation. This includes developing the regulations, which would set out many operational details.
Ministry-recognized Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) are an important part of Ontario’s sport system and help ensure that contests are conducted safely. Recognized PSOs will continue to be an important partner in amateur combative sport; however, this government also understands that the PSO model does not work for all sports, athletes, and businesses. That’s why the proposed legislation would allow anyone to apply to the Commissioner for a permit to hold an amateur combative sport event in the future.
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport will contact you shortly for your input, as part of an engagement process that will last until Fall 2019. In the interim, you may wish to review our Fact Sheet: Combative Sports Act, 2019, which outlines the highlights of the proposed legislation.
If you are interested in more information about the proposed act or engagement process, Stephanie Dunlop, Director of Stakeholder Relations would be happy to speak with you. You can reach Stephanie at
I look forward to working with you as we move towards implementing this exciting initiative.
Michael Tibollo
c.         Stephanie Dunlop, Director of Stakeholder Relations, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport