The City of Red Deer received strong support from other municipalities today to request the Provincial Government establish a provincial combative sports regulator at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Annual Conference this afternoon in Calgary.
“A single, unified provincial standard would ensure compliance across the province with a strong focus on safety,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Alberta is the only province without a provincial regulator, and standardized regulations are important in ensuring fighter safety while eliminating the growing cost of operating multiple commissions across the province.”
Combative sports commissions are currently established in Calgary, Lethbridge, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Grande Prairie, Taber, Cold Lake and Penhold. These individual municipalities must draft bylaws and ensure compliance within their own jurisdictions. There is no national governing body for the industry.
“Combative sports are becoming more popular in Alberta, especially in urban centres, which creates the impetus for the Provincial Government to take a serious look at oversight,” said Mayor Veer. “We are pleased our fellow municipalities agreed with our position and AUMA can now strengthen our advocacy to the Provincial Government.”
A resolution was originally introduced at AUMA by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in 2013 with a majority of municipalities in attendance supporting a single commission. In response to the advocacy efforts, the Provincial Government indicated that they would not pursue this in their legislative agenda.
On July 5, 2017, The City of Red Deer partnered with the City of Edmonton to seek support of other Alberta municipalities to call on the province to establish combative sports oversight and a provincial commission system. Municipalities showed strong support for this initiative and the AUMA resolution today.
“Across Alberta, there is little to no regulation of matches hosted by private companies in our own communities,” said Veer. “It is time for Alberta to modernize to the new best practice of oversight, as in other Canadian provinces, to ensure high standards of safety and governance.”
Every year, The City of Red Deer determines if any local advocacy issues may be common with other municipalities and prepares resolutions for consideration at the annual AUMA conference. At the conference, Council members vote in favour or against resolutions presented by any municipality. When resolutions are approved, AUMA has the mandate to follow through on the resolution requirements.
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association was founded in 1905 and represents Alberta’s urban municipalities including cities, towns, villages, summer villages, and specialized municipalities, as well as Associate and Affiliate members, representing more than 85 per cent of Albertans. Their goal is to develop a strong and engaged partnership between all three levels of government.
For more information, please contact:
Mayor Tara Veer
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer