Letter from Ministry of Sport Confirms Monopoly Policy of Ontario Government

In a recent exchange with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, I asked about the process of becoming an Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) in order to sanction Karate Events.  I already knew the policy indicated only one PSO per sport, but I wanted to get documentation of the policy in a communication from the ministry.

The outcome of the approach could benefit combat sports in one of two ways:

  1. If the response outlined an approach to become a PSO, then the monopoly position had an ability to be challenged; and the process to challenge the policy would be revealed
  2. If the response was negative, stating that there was no ability to become a PSO; then the response could be leveraged to re-enforce the argument that the Provincial Govenrment Policies violate Canadian Competition statutes.

The below response falls in the second benefit outlined above.  Note how this response also indicates that unsanctioned Kata is also illegal under the policy!!!

Begin response letter:

Hello Randy – thank you for your inquiry regarding becoming a PSO. This process is outlined in the Ministry’s Sport Recognition Policy, which can be found on the Ministry website here: http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/sport/sport/sport_policy.shtml

Essentially, the Ministry will recognize one organization per sport, which is the provincial organization affiliated with the Sport Canada-recognized National Sport Organization and the International Federation recognized by the GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), formerly the Sport Accord.

The Sport Recognition Policy sets out standards for safe and effective operations, insuring standardized rules and protocols are in place. Within Karate the Ministry has recognized the Ontario Karate Federation, the PSO affiliated with Karate Canada and the World Karate Federation (WKF), for the disciplines of Kata and Kumite. I would suggest you contact the OKF directly to ascertain if your activities fit under these WKF disciplines. They can be reached at info@onkarate.ca

Recognized PSOs are only permitted to sanction events that align with the disciplines and rules that are endorsed by their Ministry accepted National Sport Organization and/or International Federation. Multiple PSOs can sanction a joint event if appropriate, based on the disciplines and rules being used.

If you have additional questions, you are welcome to contact me back directly.


Scott Cooper
Sport Consultant
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
777 Bay Street, 18th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 1S5

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