Ontario is delivering on its commitment to implement the Horse Racing Partnership Plan, which comes into effect April 1.
The province’s enhanced five-year plan will provide up to $500 million to support its world- class horse racing industry and includes:
- Increasing purses and race dates across the province
- Enhancing support for the province’s racehorse breeders
- Integrating horse racing into the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s modernization plan
- Encouraging the creation of an alliance of innovative, leading standardbred tracks
- Increasing operational support for regional track
The plan is providing the horse racing industry with the tools to develop new sources of revenue and to build business relationships that will support a sustainable industry in Ontario.
“This plan is the result of a true partnership. Everyone involved — government, industry, owners, breeders and track operators — have worked to put in place a shared vision,” says Kathleen Wynne, Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food. “I’m confident this plan will not only create a sustainable racing industry in Ontario, but will create jobs and provide more opportunities for success. Ontario is now the most innovative jurisdiction in North America for horse racing.”
Strengthening and supporting the province’s horse racing industry is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario’s greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships
“OHRIA is relieved that funding is in place to begin stabilizing the industry. I’d like to thank Premier Wynne for her direct involvement in making this happen,” says Sue Leslie, President, Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association. “The thousands of jobs associated with the horseracing industry continue to be an important part of the social fabric of Ontario.”
To learn more, read the Horse Racing Partnership Plan.