The Ontario Horse Racing Industry is part of a highly competitive global market. The industry contributes 60,000 jobs, $1.1 billion to the provincial government and $2 billion in recurring expenditures – all of which would be lost if the Slots at Racetracks Programs is cancelled in Ontario.
The evening of Monday, April 30, OHRIA and Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) co-sponsored an Industry Information Reception at Queen's Park in Toronto.
Attended by 58 of Ontario's MPPs, plus some staff, the reception provided OHRIA and WEG the opportunity to personally interact with the members. The evening's focus was to educate and inform the MPPs about the business model of the horse racing and breeding industry.
"This open house was an opportunity to have meaningful discussions with several of the MPPs in an environment designed to tell them about the critical contribution horse racing and breeding made to the Provincial economy," said OHRIA President, Sue Leslie, who participated in the event along with other OHRIA Directors and Executives from Woodbine Entertainment Group. "The feedback from the members was very positive and they appreciated receiving accurate data on our industry and how it operates."
In an addition to this video, educational posters were used to illustrate how the industry functions and to initiate open dialogue. Members were provided with a full briefing package to take away to provide visual information on the industry. The high number of MPPs in attendance demonstrates OHRIA's messaging has been effective.
(with files from OHRIA)