To prepare for the return to racing, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is actively reviewing Ontario’s horse racing rules and regulations to ensure responsible measures are taken to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Of these, several temporary rule changes are being introduced with the aim of reducing the number of horses...

Approval of 2020 Race Date Amendment at Ajax Downs and Fort Erie Racetrack

The Registrar has approved the applications to amend 2020 race date schedules made by Picov Downs Inc. for Ajax Downs (Ajax) and by Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium for Fort Erie Racetrack (Fort Erie).

The Registrar has approved the following:...

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) received new test results that suggest the containment and mitigation measures continue to contain the neuropathogeniclogical form of EHV-1 to a single barn at Woodbine Racetrack.

As a result, the AGCO has lifted all the restrictions on training for Barns 33 and 35, as well as the...

NOTE: The process to add a horse to the EIPH program in Ontario has changed. Please see Regulatory Submission – EIPH Program – Add or Remove Horse (Ordinarily Competing in Ontario)

As the industry prepares...

The Government of Ontario announced that as of May 16, 2020, some seasonal services and activities are permitted to open, including golf courses. If you are a golf course operator with a liquor sales licensed clubhouse restaurant, you are permitted to sell alcohol with food takeout orders between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Golf...

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Note – this is the third in a series of Notices to the racing community concerning the cases of EHV-1 at Woodbine Racetrack. For ease of reference, the AGCO has created this special blog post. Any future Notices will be posted on this page, along with the May 16 and 17 updates. Please see below.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of...

The Ontario Government announced its plans to lift the provincial emergency order on horse racing, effective May 19, 2020.

To prepare for the return to racing, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is actively reviewing Ontario’s horse racing rules and regulations to ensure responsible measures are taken to help...

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) continues to monitor cases of the neurotropic strain of EHV-1 present at Woodbine Racetrack. On May 17, the AGCO reported two thoroughbred horses that resided in...

Today, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has confirmed that two horses residing at Woodbine Racetrack have tested positive for the neurotropic strain of EHV-1. Both horses are 2-year-old thoroughbred horses that resided in Barn 12 at Woodbine.

The horses were transported from Woodbine to the Ontario Veterinary...

During this extraordinary time, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is continuing its activities and services for the sectors we regulate. We wish to offer as much guidance and support as we can to all those who rely on the AGCO’s services and continue to work closely with and support the provincial government with its greater...

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Police Constable Sunjeet Rangi of the Toronto Police Service’s 13 Division Community Response Unit is the 2020 recipient of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) award for Outstanding Liquor Enforcement. The AGCO congratulates PC Rangi, who has been recognized for his role in a two-year effort to address community complaints...

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As part of the Government of Ontario’s continued efforts to support businesses significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, the government has approved a change affecting liquor sales licensees that comes into effect today.

Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) has been amended to reduce the minimum price of...

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As part of its broader package of measures to support Ontarians and businesses that have been significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario is making it easier for cideries to sell directly to consumers.

Effective immediately, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has temporarily removed...

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NEWS

The Ontario government is taking additional measures to help hospitality sector workers and businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is allowing licensed restaurants and bars to sell spirits with a food order at a lower price and is making it easier for cideries to sell directly to consumers....

Approval of 2020 Race Date Amendment at WoodbineRacetrack

The Registrar has approved the application made by Woodbine Entertainment Group to amend the 2020 race date schedule for Woodbine Racetrack (Woodbine).

The Registrar has approved the following:

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Revised Date(s...

The AGCO remains committed to helping organizations that are licensed to conduct charitable lotteries in Ontario throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. The AGCO understands that charitable priorities and operational circumstances are changing due to the evolving health and safety situation.

Flexibility on Use of Lottery...

On March 20, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGCO authorized a temporary extension that allowed retail stores including authorized grocery stores, Manufacturer’s Retail Stores, LCBO stores including Convenience Outlets, and Brewers Retail Inc. stores (The Beer Store) to sell alcohol from 7:00am to 11:00pm. This extension was set...

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The period of free enrollment to the Smart Serve Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service Training Program has now ended. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and Smart Serve partnered to offer free enrollment to the program in April to quickly increase the availability of certified delivery drivers and support the hospitality...

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On April 7, the AGCO announced it would temporarily pause issuing cannabis Retail Store Authorizations (RSA) during the period of the Government of Ontario’s emergency order on business closures. Since then, the AGCO has been working with the government on ways to support the emergency order and its public health objectives while also...

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On March 18, 2020, we advised you that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) would be extending by three months the term of all the active liquor, gaming and cannabis licences, authorizations and...

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