Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) is a special operating agency within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada that regulates and supervises pari-mutuel betting in Canada on horse races, thereby ensuring that pari-mutuel betting is conducted in a way that is fair to the public.

Our vision is to continuously maintain and enforce national standards that will protect the betting public by ensuring a modern and effective regulatory framework is in place.


The CPMA carries out the following:

  • permits, licences and authorizations for Canadian racetrack and betting theatre operators to conduct pari-mutuel betting on horse races;
  • auditing and monitoring of pari-mutuel betting activities;
  • testing of horses to deter the use of prohibited substances through the Equine Drug Control Program;
  • performing research on drug testing;
  • providing information on elimination guidelines for veterinary drugs;
  • enforcing the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations (see Acts and Regulations); and
  • compiling statistical information on pari-mutuel betting activities (see Reports).
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