Alberta last province without an AC

Friday, August 22, 2014

Alberta is the only province in Canada without combative sport commission to regulate boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts. Unlike the United States, Canada has municipal athletic commissions, and the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (ECSC) recommended that a full provincial AC be established.

The ECSC made the recommendation to the Edmonton city council's Community Services Committee, which in turn vote to ask Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson to write the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Dr. Richard Starke, reaffirming the city's support for the establishment of a provincial combative sports commission.

Last year the ECSC regulated 13 professional mixed martial arts events, four professional boxing events, and 40 professional wrestling events, but still did not raise sufficient revenue.

“Although there are a significant number of events held each year in Edmonton, the licensing fees, which are some of the highest in the country, do not generate sufficient revenue to realize full cost recovery,” reads the report.

In 2013, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) which represents 272 municipalities in Alberta, drafted a resolution urging the provincial government to create a provincial commission to sanction combative sports events throughout the province.

On Feb. 25, 2014, Tourism, Parks and Recreation issued a response stating, “It is more appropriate for municipalities to make this determination at a local level through knowing the community and available resources.”

The AUMA rejected the response and continues to lobby the government for provincial regulation.

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