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Individual Thoroughbred

A licensee who has not renewed their licence for five years will be treated as a new licence applicant.

  • Owner
  • Trainer / Assistant Trainer
  • Jockey / Apprentice jockey
  • Jockey’s Agent/Jockey’s Valet
  • Groom
  • Exercise person
  • Hot Walker
  • Occupational
  • Veterinarian
  • Authorized Agent
  • Pari-Mutuel
  • Tradesperson
  • Association Official
  • Commission Official

Thoroughbred Licensing Fee Schedule

First time applying for licensing
To obtain a license from the Ontario Racing Commission, an individual needs to complete an licence application in the category required, i.e. owner, groom, etc..

To obtain an application

  • Download from this website
  • Contact any office of the ORC to have a form mailed
  • Go to the ORC Licensing Offices located on the backstretch of Woodbine and Fort Erie Racetracks.

A new applicant will be expected to provide the following:

  • Detailed personal information, including birth date, address and emergency contact information, etc.
  • Proof of Identification (i.e. Ontario Drivers Licence)
  • The applicable fees 


A new licensee can expect to be investigated as to their suitability for licensing.
The charge for a licence may vary depending upon the category(s) being applied for.

Licences are renewed annually
All Thoroughbred licences must be renewed annually and expire March 31st of any given year.

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Any individual from outside Ontario must apply for a license in the same manner as a resident of Ontario. All forms and fees apply. 

Multi-Jurisdictional Licence 
The National Compact and the ARCI both offer a form of multi-jurisdictional licensing. This licence is intended to ease the application paperwork for owners who intend to be racing in many jurisdictions, but the process still requires the submission to each jurisdiction for licensing. Multi-jurisdictional licensing is not considered reciprocal licensing. 
For further information on this type of licensing, contact the Association of Racing Commissioners, International via 

Under Age Licensing 
Persons under 16 years of age may be licensed with the approval of the Stewards and upon written consent of the parents or guardian. No person under 18 years of age will be licensed by the Commission as an apprentice jockey or jockey, except those who have previously been licensed by another Commission. 

Temporary Licence 
A temporary license is only issued in the case of extreme emergency at the discretion of the Stewards. 
The 30 day licence is issued when the applicant cannot attend at the ORC Licensing Office and another individual is filing the application on their behalf (i.e. a trainer filling out a form for an owner). 

The temporary licence must be upgraded by the licensee within thirty days. Failure to upgrade the license to permanent will result in a suspension, fine or both. 

Lost Licence 
If a ORC Photo Identification card is lost, a replacement can be applied for at an ORC Licensing Office. A fee for replacement will apply. 


Any person owning all or part of a horse racing in Ontario must hold a valid ORC license. To apply for an owner licence, an applicant must have a horse of racing age in Ontario. Owners must declare their trainer on the application form. 

New trainers must have received accreditation from the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association before applying for their licence. 

The laws in Ontario require that any person who employes staff must be registered with the Workers Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) 

Each year trainers must provide proof in the form of a Clearance Certificate that they are registered and in good standing with the WSIB. A Clearance Certificate can be obtained by contacting a WSIB office. 

Before being granted a jockey’s or apprentice jockey’s licence, each applicant shall present to the Stewards a physician’s report of a complete physical examination acceptable to the Commission, and once every two years, an eye examination by an opthamologist or an acceptable optometrist. 

The expense of these examinations shall be borne by the applicant. The Stewards at their discretion may grant temporary licensing without the completion of the above obligations for a specific limited period. 

A groom’s application for licensing must be signed by their employer, who must be a trainer with a valid ORC licence. 

Occupational personnel are persons employed by the racetrack, i.e. security, parking, catering, maintenance, cleaners, admissions, program department, publicity and office staff (not including pari-mutuel tellers). An individual applying for an occupational licence must have the application signed by their employer. 

Authorized Agent 
An authorized agent is a person who has been authorized to act on behalf of another individual in a variety of capacities. When acting in this capacity an individual needs to obtain a licence in this category. 

A tradesperson is a person not employed by the racetrack either directly or indirectly and could include blacksmiths, feed supply persons, etc.. All applicants for a tradesperson license, both new and renewal, must obtain a signature from racetrack management to establish that their presence on the grounds is acceptable to the racetrack. 

All pari-mutuel staff must hold a valid ORC licence prior to working in the capacity. Failure to be licensed may result in fines for the racetrack. An individual applying for an occupational licence must have the application signed by their employer. 

Association Official 
Association Official licenses are issued to individuals employed by the racetrack or who are working on behalf of the racetrack and include department heads of the racetrack or any employee needing access to the backstretch or paddock, track veterinarians, test inspectors, lasix barn attendants, OnTrack Media employees and ambulance attendants. 

Commission Official 
A Commission Official licence is issued to employees of the Ontario Racing Commission only and would include ORC veterinarians, investigators, agents, head office staff, judges and stewards.

ORC Google Location 10 Carlson Court

Suite 400

Toronto, Ontario

M9W 6L2

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