The Majority of Ontarians Approve of Slots at Racetracks Program

Fully three quarters of Ontarians say they approve of the ‘Slots at the Racetrack” program (74%), and two thirds approve of the specific terms of the deal OLG has with Ontario’s horse racing tracks (61%) according to a new survey conducted by Forum Research on behalf of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association.   The […]

OHRIA Plans Rallies at Liberal MPP Constituency Offices

As tens of thousands of Ontarians who rely on the horse racing and breeding industry continue to brace for the impact of the Ontario Liberal’s plan for the industry, the Ontaro Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is planning a number of rallies at MPP’s offices. Next Friday, March 30, 2012 supporters of Ontario’s horse racing […]

The Economics of Horse Racing in Canada

The Ontario horse racing industry is contributing $4.5 billion or 77 per cent of the total annual economic contributions from racing in Canada, according to a new study released today by Equine Canada and Strategic Equine. The Economics of Horse Racing in Canada, an in‐depth report on the horse racing industry on a province‐by‐province basis, […]

Sudbury Downs in Jeopardy

Members of the Ontario horse racing industry, turned protesters, lined their horse trailers up in front of Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci’s office Friday morning, looking for answers. They want to know what’s going to happen to them and to their horses if Sudbury Downs shuts down in the wake of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming […]

OHRIA Launches Ad Campaign

After weeks of misrepresentation of the OLG Slots at Racetracks Program, the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) has begun to set the record straight with newly launched billboards and radio ads.   For the next four weeks, more than two-hundred billboards will share the success of the OLG Slots at Racetracks Program with the […]

Slots Closed at Fort Erie, Windsor and Sarnia Racetracks

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has announced the closure of slot operations at Fort Erie, Windsor and Sarnia as of April 30th, as well as the demise of the long-standing revenue-sharing slots-at-racetracks program, set to end next year. OLG has pledged to contribute “reasonable payments” to affected racetrack owners and municipalities until March […]

Woodbine Speaks Up

The announcement by the government to cancel the Slots and Racetracks Program has immediate implications and raises serious concerns about the future of horse racing and breeding in Ontario. At the same time, Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) also recognizes the longer term opportunities presented by OLG’s modernization strategy. Given the success of our long-term partnership, […]

Finance Minister Proposes End of Slots at Racetracks

The Ontario government has received a report from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) that proposes modernization of the system, an increase in its revenues by more than $1 billion a year, and the creation of 2,300 net new jobs in the gaming industry and nearly 4,000 additional jobs in the hospitality and retail […]

OHRIA Says it’s Time to Check Your Facts Mr. Duncan

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan provided an emailed statement to the Windsor Star on Wednesday March 7, 2012, regarding the OLG Slots at Racetrack program that contained a number of inaccurate statements.   “Since 1998 the horse racing industry has received $3.4 billion in government support, including $345 million last year alone. That’s more money than […]

OHRIA Urges You to Write Your MPP Today

The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is calling on all owners, trainers, grooms, hotwalkers, vet techs, van drivers, blacksmiths and any other concerned horse racing and breeding industry participant to join the OHRIA and associates in writing letters to the Ontario government in support of our ongoing fight to save the Slots at Racetracks Program […]