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About the ORC

Corporate Structure

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On December 15, 2000, the new Ontario Racing Commission Act, 2000 was proclaimed in force. Introduction of the new Act was motivated by two objectives:

  1. Strengthen and modernize the ORC’s regulatory framework.
  2. Establish the ORC as a self-financing body.

The new Act also clearly distinguishes the roles and responsibilities of the Administration (headed by the Executive Director of the ORC) from those of the Governing Board. The Board has overall corporate governance responsibilities as well as adjudicative duties while the Administration has enforcement and administrative responsibilities.

Governing Board

The Ontario Racing Commission is governed by a Board of Directors that consists of not fewer than three and not more than seven members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Members may hold office for a term of not more than three years but may be reappointed. A majority of the members of the Commission constitutes a quorum for a meeting. The Governing Board is responsible for:

  • Carrying out its responsibilities, within the limits of its jurisdiction, responsibly, fairly and in a manner consistent with relevant law and the public interest.
  • Informing and advising the Minister, through its Chair, of matters of an urgent, critical or relevant nature that are likely to require Action by the Commission or Minister to ensure the administration of the Act is carried out properly.
  • Providing high quality service to the public in performing its responsibilities.
  • Establishing guidelines governing the exercise of any of the powers and duties under the Act.
  • Submitting an annual report to the Minister on the activities and affairs of the Commission.
  • Recommending, for the Minister’s consideration, matters that require statutory or regulatory amendment.
  • Constituting, at the direction of the Chair, a panel to conduct any hearing required under legislation administered by the Commission.
  • Releasing expeditious, high quality decisions after the panel’s hearing.
  • Establishing fees or other charges and providing for refunds for the purposes of the Act, the Regulations and the Rules of Racing.
  • Recommending all formal documents relating to the fulfillment of the Commission’s mandate.
  • Ensuring that the assets of the Commission and any public funds are used with probity.
  • Hiring the Executive Director of the ORC.
  • Conducting the affairs of the Commission.


  • Headed by the Executive Director, the Administration is responsible for enforcement and administrative functions in carrying out the mandate of the Commission.
  • The Executive Director is responsible for:
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of the organization in accordance with accepted business and financial practices.
  • Developing and applying policies so that the Commission funds are used with integrity and honesty.
  • Establishing and applying a financial management framework to support decision-making and preparing financial reports for approval by the Governing Board.
  • To support the Chair and the Governing Board in meeting their responsibilities.
  • To carry out the policies and procedures as approved by the Chair and the Governing Board.
  • Preparing an annual report for the Commission, as directed by the Governing Board.
  • Preparing a business plan for the organization, as directed by the Governing Board.
  • Establishing and maintaining, for approval by the Board, a performance review system for staff.

Executive Director

The Executive Director, as the Director appointed under the Act, has express legislative authority to exercise certain powers. Specifically, he/she is empowered to license and conduct investigations of persons seeking to be racetrack owners and horse people (drivers, jockeys, grooms, owners, trainers, etc.) and to register colours, assumed names, partnerships and contracts relating to horse racing. He/she may appoint one or more Directors and may delegate powers to them subject to any conditions set out in the delegation. He/she reports to the Governing Board of the Commission and to the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Government Services.

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ORC Google Location 10 Carlson Court

Suite 400

Toronto, Ontario

M9W 6L2

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