Economic Impact Survey For Racing

Published: October 19, 2015 10:27 am EDT

The economic impact survey for Ontario's horse racing industry, coordinated by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, is closing for submissions this weekend.

As the industry prepares to enter the third year of the Horse Racing Partnership Program it is important to measure the impact horse racing has on employment and the economy, particularly in rural Ontario.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has been tasked with quantifying these impacts and developing key performance indicators that will guide the development of the industry.

To assist in this effort, OMAFRA has hired Deloitte and is working with OHRIA to survey the industry and collect data that will help set performance measures and influence future funding support for our industry.

Your assistance in completing this survey is very important as it will help to ensure that the value of the horse racing industry to Ontario’s economy is accurately reflected and understood by Government.

The survey can be accessed via this link. Please take the 15-20 minutes required to complete the survey and help tell the great story of Ontario horse racing.

The survey will remain at the link above until midnight, Sunday, November 8.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Jeff Jarmain or Janina Galeazza.

(with files from OHRIA)



The quality of racehorses in Ontario has gone way, way done in the last 3 years. Many b tracks have fields of 6/7 horses with 1 or 2 horses alone in the race. I do not believe that the industry will grow with such uncompetitive & poor quality of horses racing. Most b tracks have conditions for non-winners of this and non-winners of that. A horse race 3 times without collecting a cheque in order to fit in a lower class to win. I can see having a number of these classes for the Weg circuit up to a certain point, In order to give the best possible product there needs to have claiming races where the horses are all at the same playing/level field and with full fields. This is what the betting public wants. I agree that in order to have meaningful study the year 2011 & 2015 needs to be looked at and compared as there have been some major changes (not for the better) in all regards of horse racing whether it is on the side of an owner, trainer, breader and bettor.

I just downloaded and completed this 2015 study. Studies, surveys are what they are and many people will not even bother. This study is an after-the-fact evaluation of a once booming industry.
If the powers that be want a fair evaluation there should be two columns. One 2011 and one 2015. Then compare.
Doug McIntosh

Surely you can refer to the study that the government did before they dismantled the SARs initiative.

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