Toronto, ON --- 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 C$500 million to support its world-class horse racing industry and includes:
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.
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.
“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. 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.” -- Kathleen Wynne, Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food
“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. The thousands of jobs associated with the horse racing industry continue to be an important part of the social fabric of Ontario.” -- Sue Leslie, President, Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association
“Rideau Carleton Raceway is delighted that the Premier has fulfilled the promise to sustain racing across the province. The commitment to regional racetracks will ensure the continuance of the industry and competitive racing in Ottawa.” -- Alex Lawryk, Spokesperson, Rideau Carleton
“As a breeder I am extremely excited about the future of racing in Ontario and thankful for the enhanced support that will allow us to build upon the rich history of Ontario-bred horses.” -- Scott Minshall, Minshall Farms, Hillsburgh, Ontario