May 29, 2017

OHRIA Requests Your Input On An Industry Survey To Determine Impact of Cancellation of SARP

OHRIA is asking horse people to fill out a survey so that it can gather concrete information on the losses the cancellation of  the Slots At Racetracks Program has caused.

The survey has been designed to gather information with which to present an accurate picture of the personal effect the cancellation of SARP has had on the horse racing and breeding industry in Ontario.

While industry participants may be aware of the devastating effects the OLG’s decision to cancel SARP has had on our once vibrant industry, OHRIA is hoping to obtain tangible figures which represent the true economic and social cost the OLG’s decisions have had to our industry.

The survey results will be used to reinforce the economic importance of our industry and provide factual information to demonstrate the level of integration into the Province’s overall gaming strategy that is required for the horse racing and breeding industry.

Your cooperation in completing the survey at this link would be greatly be appreciated:



OHRIA Condemns Job Losses As OLG Closes Racetrack Slots In Border Communities

The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is strongly condemning
the government’s decision to force hundreds of hard working Ontarians out of
work by closing the OLG slots at racetracks in Windsor, Fort Erie, and Sarnia.

“This is a sad day for hundreds of families in these communities who found
out today that they are being forced out of work by the government,” said Sue
Leslie, President of OHRIA. “Closing these slots will undoubtedly hurt horse
racing in Windsor, Fort Erie and Sarnia, which in turn will cause even more
economic pain for these communities,” Leslie added.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan’s decisions to close the slots in Windsor and
Fort Erie particularly, don’t make sense in light of the government’s stated job
creation efforts. Fort Erie’s 115-year-old racetrack is the town’s largest
employer and Windsor already has Ontario’s highest unemployment rate (10.7%)
before the decision was made to force more than two hundred people out of work.

“We appreciate the government is facing difficult economic realities.
However, the government should recognize the significant private sector
investment made in breeding, training and farm operations, along with related
infrastructure, all of which have huge economic spinoffs to all levels of
government,” said Sue Leslie.

“It is important that the government and Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) work together on a transformation plan to ensure a strong core industry that allows for economic growth and job maintenance for the thousands of individuals who earn their livelihood in horse
racing and breeding.”