Have the Canadian Amateur MMA Championships Been Derailed?


topmmanewsTHUMBEarlier this year, I highlighted why the anticipated Canadian Amateur MMA Championships cannot lawfully be held in Ontario given the lack of Bill S-209 compliant laws in the Province.

It now appears that the planned event has hit a wall with local authorities.  Alex Gasson, who operates the Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Championship Series, has authored an on-line petition stating that “Municipalities/Permit Departments are denying permits for Amateur Mixed Martial Arts and even Non-Striking Combative Sports events citing S209. ”  Although this may be frustrating for those involved, it should not come as a surprise given the clear requirements set out in S-209 to lawfully host MMA competitions.

While the petition does not specifically state that the AMMACS 3 tournament has been cancelled, it appears safe to conclude that it is now in jeopardy given the lack of cooperation from provincial authorities.  As previously discussed, the proper route for change is to lobby the Ontario Government to pass a Bill S-209 law legalizing amateur MMA in the Province and setting out how events can lawfully be held.  Participating in an event without this framework can lead to criminal prosecutions as demonstrated recently in Saskatchewan.

Erik Magraken is a personal injury litigator and Partner with the British Columbia law-firm MacIsaac & Company. The article was re-printed with permission from his Canadian MMA Law Blog.

7 Responses to “ Have the Canadian Amateur MMA Championships Been Derailed? ”

  1. Thanks for cross-publishing this post. Much appreciated.

    It is worth noting that the petition specifically acknowledges that the Canadian Combat Alliance and the Ontario Grappling Association (the authorities that AMMACS advertises as the Provincial and National sanctioning bodies) have no legal authority to sanction AMMA in Ontario with the petition requesting the following legal change:

    “WE, the undersigned, demand written permission from an appropriate authority to officially render Canadian Combat Alliance (CCA), its affiliates, & Ontario Grappling Association (OGA) “Legal” to run Amateur Mixed Martial Arts, Grappling – Gi/NoGi, and Pankration, in light of S209 for immediate continuity of these sports.”

    In other words the event will not comply with the current language in the Criminal Code and cannot until the Provincial government formally legalizes AMMA in Ontario and sets out how such events can be run.

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  2. LOL says:

    According to bill S209 you better cancel all karate – kung Fu and open martial arts tournaments as well considering there is one probably held every weekend in Ontario!

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  3. LOL says:

    Or at least the kumite portion of the tournament. Not to mention all kick boxing and Muay Thai events as well!

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  4. Those are very fair points LOL. For that reason Ontario needs to pass an Order in Council like BC did designating those combat sports that they want to legalize in compliance with S-209.

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  5. mmachamp says:

    So is this thing happening or what? seen many post but now nothing?

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  6. It’s still being advertised

    I don’t know if it will actually proceed but am concerned if it does that the Saskatchewan situation may repeat itself with section 83 charges being pursued after the fact.

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  7. It looks like the ‘Team Canada Tryouts’ are no longer being hosted as per above instead a variety of provincial tryouts have been announced. These will likely run into some of their own legal challenges.


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