iAGCO Guide for Horse Racing

Last Updated: 
2020-06-15

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Introduction

As part of its modernization efforts, the AGCO is undertaking an effort to modernize numerous processes in its regulation of horse racing in Ontario. What follows is an overview of current changes taking place.

On March 2, 2020, the AGCO launched iAGCO online services for Ontario horse racing licensees. Providing an easy, convenient way to apply for, change and renew horse racing-related licenses and registrations anytime from anywhere, the iAGCO online portal is available at www.agco.ca/iAGCO.

iAGCO Online Services

The AGCO’s roll out of iAGCO online services is part of its ongoing efforts to provide a modern, quality, customer service experience. iAGCO online services are already available for AGCO alcohol-related transactions, public inquiries and complaints, lottery and gaming registrants, and cannabis licensees. Applicants who have used iAGCO have been overwhelmingly satisfied with its ease of use and functionality, with a 93% satisfaction rate. For more information on iAGCO services, see iAGCO Information.

Rules of Racing

With the launch of iAGCO online services for horse racing licensees, the AGCO has revised the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing and the Rules of Standardbred Racing to reduce regulatory burden and harmonize processes between breeds where appropriate. For more information about the revisions, see Information Bulletin No. 76 – Thoroughbred iAGCO Rule Revisions and Information Bulletin No. 77 – Standardbred iAGCO Rule Revisions.

Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulatory Reform and Engagement

The AGCO continues to identify and move forward on common-sense reforms to the regulatory rules that govern horse racing as part of its Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulatory Reform and Engagement initiative. Recent process changes include:

  • Changes to the Registration of Racing Colours & Temporary Waiver of Fees for the Registration of Thoroughbred & Quarter Horse Racing Colours
  • Digital Tattoos: Effective January 1, 2020, all Thoroughbred horses that have not previously been lip tattooed with Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) must have a Digital Tattoo for race day identification.
  • Race Reports: To provide more transparency to the industry and betting public, the AGCO will be expanding its Race Reports to include more detailed information about track conditions and scratched and claimed horses. This includes standardized layout across horse breeds. Race Reports will continue to be published on the AGCO website and on the Standardbred Canada and select Racetrack websites.

The AGCO will continue to move forward on reforms and will keep the industry apprised of process changes.

Helpful Resources

With the launch of iAGCO services, horse racing licensees can refer to the following list of helpful resources available on the AGCO website. These resources are designed to keep licensees informed of iAGCO updates and help them navigate the iAGCO online services portal.

Horse Racing Resources

Industry Notices

Application Guides

Forms

Information Bulletins

Information Card

Infographics

Rules of Racing revisions

Tip Sheets

Videos

Webpages

What's Changing?

Now available iAGCO online services. Ontario’s horse racing licensees will conduct all of their transactions with the AGCO online. The AGCO will no longer be accepting paper applications for horse racing-related licences and registrations.

Choose a licence category to view the specific changes that apply to you.

Note: In iAGCO, individual licences are all grouped under a primary licence called “horseperson’. This includes owners, trainers, grooms, jockeys, apprentice jockeys, jockey agents, jockey valets, drivers, association officials, tradespersons, authorized agents, veterinarians, drivers, riders, pari-mutuel ticket sellers, program breeds, exercise persons, occupational, tradesperson - employers, tradesperson – employees, stable or corporate managers, hot walkers and spouses of licensees.

Horsepersons:

Apprentice Jockeys

Jockeys, apprentice jockeys and drivers will:

No longer attach Medical Records to your renewal application

Medical Records:

With the launch of iAGCO online services, the process for jockeys, apprentice jockeys and drivers who have a medical or eye exam due in March will not change.

Jockeys, apprentice jockeys and drivers - Standardbred still pass a physical exam (1 year) and eye exam (2 year) at the required times as a condition of being an AGCO licensee, regardless of the licence term (i.e. a two-year licence).

The AGCO will continue to request this information but will no longer collect it as part of the application process.


 Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a valid email address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) are no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Standard Checks
    • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • Multi-breed licensing is available, which allows you to apply for one licence valid across multiple breeds
    • You can identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card.
    • You will:
      • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card; photo ID cards/stickers will no longer be issued
      • Receive your licence certificate and wallet-size cut-out online and print it yourself
      • Be expected to carry a copy of an acceptable photo identification
  • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
    • Ontario Driver’s Licence
    • Canadian Passport
    • Canadian Citizenship Card
    • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
    • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
    • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
    • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
    • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) an EIPH Program – Add or Remove Horse (Ordinarily Competing in Ontario), (5) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (6) a notification of an equine fatality.

Association Officials

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Authorized Agents

  • Individuals claiming horses on behalf of an Owner must obtain an Authorized Agent licence.
  • Trainers are required to have an Authorized Agent licence if they wish to claim horse, and the authorization must be for a specific owner(s).
  • AGCO will license Authorized Agents for claiming only, not for collecting purse money or for buying/selling horses. 

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Drivers

Jockeys, apprentice jockeys and drivers will:

  • No longer attach Medical Records to your renewal application

Medical Records:

  • As the AGCO transitions to iAGCO online services, the process for jockeys, apprentice jockeys and drivers who have a medical or eye exam due in March will not change.
  • Jockeys, apprentice jockeys and drivers - Standardbred still pass a physical exam (1 year) and eye exam (2 year) at the required times as a condition of being an AGCO licensee, regardless of the licence term (i.e. a two-year licence).
  • The AGCO will continue to request this information but will no longer collect it as part of the application process 

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Exercise Person

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Grooms

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Hot Walkers

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Jockey Agents

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Jockey Valets

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Jockeys

Jockeys, apprentice jockeys and drivers will also:

  • No longer attach Medical Records to your renewal application

Medical Records:

  • As the AGCO transitions to iAGCO online services, the process for jockeys, apprentice jockeys and drivers who have a medical or eye exam due in March will not change.
  • Jockeys, apprentice jockeys and drivers - Standardbred still pass a physical exam (1 year) and eye exam (2 year) at the required times as a condition of being an AGCO licensee, regardless of the licence term (i.e. a two-year licence).
  • The AGCO will continue to request this information but will no longer collect it as part of the application process 

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Occupational

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Owners

Owners will apply to add or remove a horse from the EIPH program by making a regulatory submission through the iAGCO portal. Submissions will require a veterinarian’s signature. This document must be scanned, or photographed, then uploaded with the submission.


Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions

Pari-mutuel Ticket Sellers

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Program Breeds

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Riders

Jockeys, apprentice jockeys, drivers and riders will:

  • No longer attach Medical Records to your renewal application

Medical Records:

  • As the AGCO transitions to iAGCO online services, the process for jockeys, apprentice jockeys, drivers and riders who have a medical or eye exam due in March will not change.
  • Jockeys, apprentice jockeys, drivers and riders still pass a physical exam (1 year) and eye exam (2 year) at the required times as a condition of being an AGCO licensee, regardless of the licence term (i.e. a two-year licence).
  • The AGCO will continue to request this information but will no longer collect it as part of the application process 

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Spouse of Licensee

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Stable and Corporate Managers

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Tradesperson — Employees

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Tradesperson — Employers

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Tradespersons

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Trainers

Trainers are required to have an Authorized Agent licence if they wish to claim horse, and the authorization must be for a specific owner(s).

WSIB Proof of Insurance
While AGCO still requires that Assistant Trainers have insurance, they will no longer have to provide it at time of application.

Assistant Trainers and Trainers will add or remove a horse on the EIPH Program by making a regulatory submission through the iAGCO portal. Submissions will require a licensed veterinarian’s signature, but will not require a signature by an official veterinarian. This document must be scanned or photographed, then uploaded with the submission by the time of entry.


Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions

Veterinarians

The introduction of multi-breed licensing allows veterinarians to apply for or renew their licence once, select the length of their licence term (1 or 2 year) and have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds.

Veterinarians will make a regulatory submission online through the iAGCO portal to:

  • report equine fatalities (no signature is required for this submission)
  • provide information for lists (some submissions will require a veterinarian’s signature)
  • add or remove a horse from the EIPH program (submissions will require a veterinarian’s signature)

Using iAGCO services, you will conduct all of your horse racing-related transactions online.

You will:

  • Use an Access Code to create an iAGCO account which will require a Valid Email Address
  • Pay your fees online:
    • Methods of payments will include Interac Online, Visa or MasterCard (including Visa/MasterCard Debit or pre-paid Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cash, cheques (including USD) will no longer be accepted
  • May have the option to select a one or two-year licence term
  • Renew your AGCO licence online
  • Licence/renewal on birthday for TB/QH
  • Scan and upload documents with your renewal application
  • No longer receive a Photo Identification Card
  • Have the option of being licensed in multiple breeds
  • Standard Checks
    • You will no longer be issued a licence prior to completion of standard checks.
    • Be sure to renew / apply in advance, not on the day you intend to race.
  • Multi-breed Licensing
    • You will identify which breed or breeds you are seeking licenses for, and all requirements will remain the same (e.g. applicable accreditation)
  • AGCO Photo ID Card
    • Photo ID cards / stickers will no longer be issued.
    • List of acceptable photo IDs include:
      • Ontario Driver’s Licence
      • Canadian Passport
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
      • Photo card issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), entitled Bring Your ID (BYID) (The AGCO accepts this identification for applicants of all lines of business.)
      • Secure Indian Status Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Permanent Resident Card issued by the Government of Canada
      • Photo card issued under the Photo Card Act, 2008
    • You will be expected to print out and carry a copy of your licence, which will display a QR code that will link to more information
  • Parental Consent
    • Applicants under 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent form.  Applicants under 10 may only be licensed as an owner, unless otherwise approved by the AGCO.
    • Applicants under 16 will require a Judge/Steward’s approval to obtain a licence.
    • No one under 10 can obtain a groom’s licence.
  • Claiming Standardbred
    • Prior to the issuance of a Claiming Certificate, standard background checks will be conducted. A Claiming Certificate will be valid for 1 year. Once a claim is successful, the claimant must apply for an owner’s licence.
  • Regulatory submissions
    • When reporting a change to an existing licence or registration, participants must make what is known as a Regulatory Submission. These are done online through the iAGCO portal to report (1) a change in employment relationship, (2) a declaration for transfer of trainer, (3) an EIPH Program horse opt-out, (4) a notification of an equine surgical procedure and (5) a notification of an equine fatality.

Licence Category

Select the relevant category:

Estate/Trust Licence

Estate/Trust Licence applicants must:

  • Be active participants in the breed of racing for which they are applying to be licensed
  • Provide a list of names of directors, shareholders and partners required under the rule to be licensed
  • Ensure the representative of the estate/trust has a valid AGCO Owner Licence
  • Ensure that any individual or entity holding or controlling five per cent (5%) or more of an entity is licensed appropriately for that ownership (e.g. Owner, Stable Licence, Partnership Registration)

Fair or Non-Extended Meet Licence

Fair or Non-Extended Meet Licence applicants are required to submit the following information with their application:

  • Application Fee
  • Corporate Structure (not applicable to Operator-Pari-Mutuel Operations Licence)
  • Personal Disclosure (not applicable to Operator-Pari-Mutuel Operations Licence)
  • Business Name Registration

In addition, Fair or Non-Extended Meet Licence applicants, who are Directors, must provide disclosure information.

Key employees are required to have a valid Association Official licence.

Operator - Pari-Mutuel Operations Licence

Operator - Pari-Mutuel Operations Licence applicants are required to submit the following information with their application:

  • Application Fee
  • Business Name Registration

Partnership Registration

Applicants applying for a partnership registration must provide the following information about each individual and/or entity that have or will have a direct or indirect interest in the partnership and/or a key management or operational role:

  • Full name and position / title of individuals, or legal name of entities
  • Legal Address
  • Licence Number (if applicable)
  • % of Ownership Interest

Note: Any individual or entity holding or controlling five per cent (5%) or more of an entity must be licensed appropriately for that ownership (i.e. Owner, Stable Licence, Partnership Registration).

Standardbred corporations must disclose the number of shareholders. If there are less than 10 shareholders, every director and shareholder must be licensed. For 10 or more shareholders but less than 50, every director and shareholder with 5% or more with voting rights needs to be licensed. For 50 or more shareholders, all directors, officers, members of the board, any person responsible for activities of the corporation, and any shareholder with 5% or more of voting rights must be licensed.

Note: Up to 2 people in a corporation can remain unlicensed if (1) they have no beneficial interest (i.e. no voting rights), (2) are not an active participant or (3) hold less than 1% of voting rights.

For Thoroughbred general partnerships, applicants with an interest in more than one racing entity must be licensed (regardless of the percentage of ownership).

Racetrack Operator Licence

Racetrack Site Licence applicants are required to submit the following information with their application:

  • Application Fee
  • Corporate Structure
  • Personal Disclosure
  • Business Name Registration
  • Details of Shares
  • Constituting Document(s)
  • Racetrack Financial Statements
  • Business Name Registration
  • Supplementary Document
  • Signature of Partner(s)
  • Signature of Applicant - Corporation
  • Signature of Applicant represented by Agent/Rep.
  • Schematic Diagram
  • Proof of Ownership / Tenancy
  • Description of Racetrack Facilities
  • Racetrack Survey
  • Agency Letter of Approval - Horse Racing
  • Horseperson’s Association Input
  • Horseperson’s Association Contract
  • Racetrack Business Plan
  • Financial and Economic Projections
  • Track Rules
  • Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency Correspondence
  • Safety, Security and Maintenance Plans
  • Key Employees List
  • Minor Racing Officials List
  • Capital Improvement Plan
  • Proposed Race Dates Rationale
  • Signature of Applicant represented by Agent/Rep.
  • Signature of Partner(s)
  • Signature of Applicant - Corporation
  • Supplementary Document

In addition, Racetrack Operator Licence applicants must also apply for a Racetrack Site Licence for each racetrack site they wish to operate.

Racetrack Operator Licence applicants are also required to provide the name of any associated individuals, entities or corporations as follows:

  • Officers and Directors
  • Key employees*
  • Shareholders holding 5% or more ownership interest.

*Key employees are those in areas of responsibility affecting the operation of the racetrack.  These employees must hold a valid Association Official licence.

Persons named above will be required to provide personal disclosure information. Entities will be required to provide details of incorporation as well as a schematic diagram of corporation relationships.

Racetrack Site Licence

Racetrack Site Licence applicants are required to submit the following information with their application:

  • Application Fee
  • Corporate Structure (not applicable to Operator-Pari-Mutuel Operations Licence)
  • Personal Disclosure (not applicable to Operator-Pari-Mutuel Operations Licence)
  • Business Name Registration

Racetrack Site Licence holders must also submit the name(s) of individual(s) as Minor Racing Officials for AGCO approval via a Regulatory Submission: Minor Racing Official List.

In addition, Racetrack Site Licence applicants must also hold a valid AGCO Racetrack Operator Licence.

Special Event Teletheatre Registration

Special Event Teletheatre Registration applicants must:

  • Hold a valid AGCO Racetrack Operator Licence
  • Disclose information about individuals employed in the roles of: Site Manager; Event Organizer, and Teletheatre Operations Manager
  • Advise their local municipality and local horseperson’s association of their licensing application

Stable Licence

Stable licence applicants must:

  • Be active participants in the breed of racing for which they are applying to be licensed
  • Provide a list of names of directors, shareholders and partners required under rule to be licensed

Note: Standardbred stables must first be registered with Standardbred Canada or the United States Trotting Association

  • Partnership Registration

Teletheatre Location Registration

Teletheatre Location Registration applicants are required to submit their own AGCO application via the iAGCO online portal. For more information on iAGCO, see our Information Sheet: Teletheatre Operators.

Teletheatre Location Registration applicants are required to submit the following information with their application:

  • Application Fee
  • Corporate Structure (not applicable to Operator-Pari-Mutuel Operations Licence)
  • Personal Disclosure (not applicable to Operator-Pari-Mutuel Operations Licence)
  • Business Name Registration

Registration requires an agreement with an AGCO licensed Racetrack Operator.

All individuals involved in the Teletheatre operation (e.g. site manager) are required to provide disclosure information.

In the case of a company, the above individuals must include all partners, officers, directors and shareholders with an interest of 5% or more.

The application for a Teletheatre Location Registration must be completed by the operator of the premises where the Teletheatre will be located.

Federal regulation requires that teletheatres be operated by an association. An agreement with an AGCO licensed Racetrack Operator is required.

Teletheatre Location Registration applicants must advise their local municipality and local horseperson’s association of their application.

Teletheatre Location Registration applicants will be required to provide:

  • Confirmation from their associated racetrack confirming their intent to open a teletheatre location at the proposed site
  • One or more of the following documents, varying based on the location’s business structure: Certificate or Articles of Incorporation; Charter/By-Laws; Partnership Agreement; Limited Partnership Agreement; Limited Partnership Declaration; Shareholder’s Agreement; Trust Agreement; Letter of Good Standing (for Horse Racing only); any other constituting documentation relevant to the entity

Regulatory Submissions

For more information, see Section 5: Regulatory Submissions of the Horse Racing Licensing Guide: Individual & Administrative.