Athletic Commissioner Act Comes Into Force

The new Athletic Commissioner Act will come into force on May 30th.  The Act creates a new BC Athletic Commissioner to oversee the conduct of professional boxing and mixed martial arts events across the province.  The Commissioner will ensure consistent application of safety rules for participants in professional contests through a uniform licensing and permitting framework, as well as compliance with the Act.

There are currently at least nine local athletic commissions throughout the province that regulate professional boxing and mixed martial arts events.  The new BC Athletic Commissioner replaces these local athletic commissions.   Local governments are able to pass a bylaw in the event that they do not want such contests to take place in their communities.

More information on the Athletic Commissioner Act is available on the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development website.

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