In the Spring of 2016, the AGCO launched Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario, a project directed at identifying and moving forward on common-sense reforms to the regulatory rules that govern horse racing. The AGCO is committed to ensuring integrity, safety and public interest in horse racing, while also taking steps to reduce the administrative burden on industry participants, and contribute to the government’s ongoing effort to support the commercial sustainability of horse racing.
The AGCO is actively consulting with the horse racing industry as part of this initiative, and we are committed to keeping industry informed on the status of the project. Please continue to check this page for regular updates and information related to the ACGO Racing Reform Project.
Race Reports and Twitter Pilot
Documents and Publications
- Equine Drug Program Working Group Summary Report - February 8, 2018
- Equine Drug Program Process Changes Frequently Asked Questions
- Officiating Working Group Summary Report - October 10, 2017
- Changes to the Human Drug and Alcohol Program
- Initial Rule Changes and Policy Reforms - March 2017
- Findings Report
- AGCO-Stakeholder Working Groups
- Findings Report Summary
- Summary: Non-Regulatory Feedback
- Consultation Paper
- Roundtable Schedule
Communications to the Industry
- Information Bulletin No. 59 - Release of Equine Drug Program Working Group Summary Report
- Information Bulletin No. 50 - Release of Officiating Working Group Summary Report
- Information Bulletin No.49 - Health and Safety Working Group Announcement
- Information Bulletin No.42 - AGCO-Stakeholder Working Groups Membership List
- Information Bulletin No. 35 - Changes to the Human Alcohol and Drug Program
- Information Bulletin No. 34 - Release of Directives for Rule Change
- Information Bulletin No. 33 - Initial Rule Changes and Policy Reforms
- Info Bulletin No.29 - February 2017: AGCO Stakeholder Working Groups - Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario
- Info Bulletin No.28 - February 2017: Release of Findings Report - Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario
- September 2016: Thank you email to industry for their responses to the consultation paper and details on next steps
- August 2016: Reminder email to industry regarding participation in Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario
- June 2016: Email to the industry regarding Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario
- Outreach to industry associations (meetings and calls) to inform them that the AGCO would be releasing a public consultation paper.
- Launch of Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario. The Moving Ahead consultation paper was widely distributed across the industry. The paper was shared electronically with AGCO contacts; was made available at racetracks; was posted on the AGCO website, the Government of Ontario’s Regulatory Registry and was advertised on the Standardbred Canada website.
- AGCO Racing Officials regularly promoted the consultation and AGCO policy staff visited racetracks across the province to answer questions and create awareness of the consultation paper.
- As of the August 26 submission deadline, 64 submissions were received in addition to 57 comments (received in person or in writing).
- AGCO analysis of consultation feedback.
- Launch of industry roundtable discussions to further discuss proposals for reform and implementation details on a more in-depth basis. Over 15 Roundtable consultations were held with industry and stakeholders.
- Wrap-up of roundtable consultations.
- Release of Findings Report (February)
- Release of 5 Rule changes and some initial series of policy reforms (March)
- Announcement and call for members for three industry Working Groups: Officiating; Equine Drug Program and Health and Safety (February)
- Twitter and Race Reports Pilot commenced at The Raceway at Western Fair (April)
- First issue of Race Line newsletter released (April)
- Announcement of membership of industry Working Groups (May)
- First meetings of Officiating and Equine Drug Program Working Groups (May)
- Twitter and Race Reports Pilot continue at Mohawk Racetrack (June)
- Officiating and Equine Drug Program Working Group meetings (July/August )
- Second issue of Race Line newsletter released (July)
- Release of Officiating Working Group Summary Report (September)
- Health and Safety Working Group commences
- Third issue of Race Line newsletter released (October)