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CPMA Seeks Public Feedback

Published: October 24, 2014 12:27 pm ET

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The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) is requesting public feedback on a number of items in its Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations.

Discussion papers play an important role in the development of the regulatory program of the CPMA. They are used to solicit feedback from the horse racing industry and general public on changes being considered to the regulatory framework that guides the conduct of pari-mutuel betting in Canada on horse racing.

The use of discussion papers early in the regulatory process underlines the CPMA's commitment to full engagement of all stakeholders and the conduct of a transparent consultation process. The CPMA considers all comments received from this consultation process in determining its regulatory approach.

The CPMA has described a number of current issues within this Discussion Document, and has identified a number of proposed changes to the current regulatory framework. While mostly administrative in nature and intended to clarify existing requirements, there are some proposals that may represent a change in public policy.

There are also a number of changes proposed in response to consultations with the Standing Joint Committee (SJC) for the Scrutiny of Regulations. In response to concerns raised by the SJC, the CPMA is recommending amendments that will address identified grammatical errors, and will provide greater consistency in meaning and application between the French and English text.

Upon completion of this consultative process, the CPMA will engage Department of Justice officials and draft proposed amendments to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations. Upon the direction of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the proposed amendments will then be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, for a minimum of 30 days. At that time, industry stakeholders and the general public will be invited to express their views regarding the proposed changes.

Comments may be submitted at any time. Please submit your comments addressed "Attention to: Policy and Planning" by the following methods:

Mail: Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency
P.O. Box 5904
LCD Merivale
Ottawa ON K2C 3X7

E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: 613-759-6230

The discussion paper is available here in PDF format or embedded below.


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