Horse Racing Industry
Transition Panel Terms Of Reference
The panel is part of the Government's commitment to help the horse-racing
industry (Industry) toward a self-sustaining future.
The purpose of the panel is to make non-binding recommendations
to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs about how
the Government might help the Industry adjust to the end of the
Slots at Racetrack Program (SARP).
The Panel shall:
- Provide a forum for Industry stakeholders;
- Work with Industry to create a vision for Industry self-sufficiency;
- Identify the Industry's key adjustment challenges and what is
required to meet those challenges
- Encourage dialogue, strategic planning and consensus building
within the Industry;
- Advise on priorities for transition support and how best to
address the priorities, including how to allocate funding amongst
- Provide additional observations on how the Industry can improve
governance and work better together;
- Provide the Minister with a written report and recommendations.
The working term of the Panel will begin on the date that the Minister
of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs announces it, a final report
is expected in late summer and its work will end on September 30,
The Panel shall:
- Consult, at its discretion, with
- Industry organizations representing those affected by the
end of the SARP
- Experts in gaming and Industry development
- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission and the Ontario
- Community leaders from areas affected by a reorganization
of the Industry
- Other organizations or persons the Panel feels may assist
- Gather information on the scope and dynamics of the Industry
and consumer demand for its products and services
- Assess the Industry's prospects in a competitive gaming marketplace
- Identify the barriers to, and enablers of the Industry's transition
to a self-sufficient business model
- Provide the Minister with a written report that:
- Sets out the challenges the Industry may encounter as a
result of the end of the SARP ;
- Identifies critical areas that will require transitional
funding or other support;
- Identifies a plan to help the Industry become self-sufficient;
- Makes recommendations for:
- Options to be considered as part of a comprehensive
transition approach for the Industry,
- Allocating funding under the Horse-Racing Industry Transition
Plan (Plan) to assist the Industry in becoming self-sufficient.
- Provides the cost of any recommendations, and
- Report to the Minister or his designate as requested.
The Panel may also make recommendations of a more general nature,
- Recommendations to strengthen the sector and improve governance
- Recommendations related to the delivery of transition support
The final written report and recommendations shall reflect the
consensus views of the Panel members. Where a consensus cannot be
achieved, the matter should be identified and commended to further
consideration by Government.
The Panel shall ensure its recommendations are consistent with
the following considerations:
- Recommendations shall give consideration to providing support
for people who wish to leave the Industry and for people who wish
to continue in the Industry
- As the Industry's workforce will be particularly challenged
as the Industry restructures, any special workforce training and
assistance measures that may be warranted.
- Animal welfare concerns arising from industry uncertainty or
restructuring shall be addressed.
- Proposed initiatives should be within the approved funding for
the Plan and any recommendations to amend legislation must be
within Ontario's jurisdiction;
- Proposed initiatives should complement other transition supports
that may be available through Government programs.
- The Plan shall, at a maximum, cover three fiscal years (2013-14
through to 2015-16) and will end in March 2016; following that
period, the Industry could participate in whatever generic business
support programs the government may offer for which they are eligible.
Governance and Conduct
The Panel members shall:
- Provide the Deliverables in a full, diligent, professional,
non-partisan and competent manner.
- Comport themselves at all times to the highest ethical standards
and in a non-partisan manner with a view to serving the best interests
of the public and the Industry
- Conduct themselves in Industry interactions so as to demonstrate
probity, impartiality and respect for the views and opinions of
- Adhere to this Terms of Reference