Horse Racing in the 2015 Ontario Budget

OLG is proceeding with horse racing integration as part of modernization. This means we are putting more of a focus on horse racing’s part in the overall provincial gaming strategy to make sure it has a strong future in Ontario. In the 2015 Ontario Budget, the government “committed to strategically realigning Provincial horse racing regulation, adjudication and funding within government and agencies.” To do this, it is proposing legislative changes that would, if passed, “integrate support for provincial horse racing within OLG’s mandate and transfer the Province’s regulatory responsibilities for horse racing to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.” The budget goes on to say that “strengthening collaboration between industry and government is important to the industry’s long-term sustainability, recognizing its role in both rural and urban Ontario.”