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Horse Racing Partnership Program

Ontario is committed to building a sustainable horse racing industry in the province.  The introduction of the provincial government’s five-year Horse Racing Partnership Program (HRPP) was intended to strengthen the industry and support future growth by providing dedicated funding, leveraging expertise, and focusing on business development.

The Horse Racing Partnership Program, which came into effect April 1, 2014, is the government's five-year plan to invest up to $500 million to support a world-class horse racing industry in the province. The plan reflects the hard work and genuine willingness of industry participants to work together and build a new partnership with government.

Critical to the success of the plan is the formation of an innovative, world-leading alliance of Standardbred tracks comprised of Woodbine Racetrack, Mohawk Racetrack, Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Clinton Raceway, Hanover Raceway, and Grand River Raceway.  The Alliance represents an unparalleled level of partnership and provides a solid foundation for Ontario Standardbred owners, breeders, and horse persons. These tracks work together to implement operational efficiencies, coordinate a year-round racing calendar, develop a program of racing that is attractive to foreign and domestic customers, and establish consistent purses.

The plan also provides support for “FAR” tracks- Fort Erie Race Track, Ajax Downs, and Rideau Carleton Raceway, as well as regional tracks, including Kawartha Downs, Hiawatha Horse Park, Dresden Raceway and Leamington Raceway.   By supporting these tracks with funding for purses and operational support, the government is giving operators the tools to develop new sources of revenue and build business relationships that will support a sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario.

Horse Racing Benefits All Ontarians 

A successful and sustainable horse racing industry continues to have an important role to play in the economic and social life of this province, especially in rural Ontario.  The horse racing industry spends more than $2 billion dollars per year in Ontario, with more than 80% of that money being spent in rural areas.

Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in wages and salaries are sustained annually by the total expenditures of the horse racing industry.

In 2015, the provincial government announced that it will provide an additional two years of funding support for the industry as it develops its plan for sustainability.