Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency Permits, Licences and Authorizations

Betting permits

A Betting Permit allows a Canadian race-course association to conduct pari-mutuel betting at their racetrack location by hosting pari-mutuel pools approved in their permit. The association must conduct pari-mutuel betting in accordance with section 204 of the Criminal Code and the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations.

To conduct pari-mutuel betting in Canada on horse racing, a Canadian race-course association must, among other requirements, be a federally or provincially incorporated entity, own or lease a race-course and conduct horse-races in the ordinary course of its business.

Applying for a Betting permit

A Canadian race-course association must submit a completed Application for Permit to Conduct Pari-Mutuel Betting to the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA). Please follow the line-by-line instructions included in the form in its entirety and include all required supporting documentation.

Please submit completed applications to the attention of the Applications Processing Unit at aafc.cpmaapplicationsacpm.aac@canada.ca. To get an application form or if you have any questions concerning completion of the form please contact us by phone at 1-800-268-8835 or at the Applications Processing Unit email address.

Betting Theatre licence

A Betting Theatre Licence allows a Canadian race-course association to conduct pari-mutuel betting at a location remote from the racetrack.

To operate a betting theatre for the purposes of pari-mutuel betting, Canadian race-course associations must make a betting theatre licence application and be issued a betting theatre licence for each location by following the application process outlined below.

We will screen applications for completeness and accuracy. If necessary, we will contact you for additional information. Once an application is reviewed and deemed complete, we will inspect the suitability of the facilities and equipment for operating a betting theatre. We will then issue you a betting theatre licence.

Applying for a Betting Theatre licence

A Canadian race-course association that has applied for a pari-mutuel betting permit may submit a completed Application for Betting Theatre form to the CPMA for each betting location. In order to be issued the licence, the association must have:

While operating an approved betting theatre, the association must:

The association must submit the application and clearly indicate whether it is an original or amended application. Please follow the line-by-line instructions included in the form in its entirety.

Please submit completed applications to the attention of the Applications Processing Unit at aafc.cpmaapplicationsacpm.aac@canada.ca. To get an application form or if you have any questions concerning completion of the form please contact us by phone at 1-800-268-8835 or at the Applications Processing Unit email address.

Inter-Track Betting, Separate Pool Betting and Foreign Race Inter-Track Betting authorizations

To conduct Inter-Track Betting (ITB), Separate Pool Betting (SPB) or Foreign Race Inter-Track Betting (FRITB), Canadian race-course associations must request authorization from the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) through the following application process.

If your association has received ITB, SPB or FRITB authorization from the previous year, you may simply provide us with a written statement confirming that the information submitted in the previous year's application remains unchanged to complete your application for the current year.

Please submit completed applications to the attention of the Applications Processing Unit at aafc.cpmaapplicationsacpm.aac@canada.ca. To get an application form or if you have any questions concerning completion of the form please contact us by phone at 1-800-268-8835 or at the Applications Processing Unit email address.

We will screen applications for completeness and accuracy. If necessary, we will contact you for additional information. Once an application is reviewed and deemed complete, we will inspect the suitability of the facilities and equipment for conducting ITB, SPB and FRITB. We will then provide you with written authorization.

Applying for Inter-Track Betting authorization

Inter-Track Betting (ITB) allows two or more racetracks to form betting networks where all bets are combined into a common pool located at the Canadian pool host racetrack in the network.

A Canadian race-course association that has applied for a pari-mutuel betting permit may submit a completed Application for Inter-Track Betting form to the CPMA for ITB authorization. In order to receive authorization to conduct ITB, the association must:

The Pool Host Association must submit the application and clearly indicate whether it is an original or amended application. In addition, they must indicate whether it is for inter-track betting with a Domestic or Foreign Guest by checking the applicable box. Please follow the line-by-line instructions included in the form in its entirety.

Please note that additional information is required for associations seeking approval to conduct ITB with a foreign organization, which must include the name and address of the organization conducting the foreign betting and the governing body that regulates the foreign betting.

Applying for Separate Pool Betting authorization

Separate Pool Betting (SPB) allows a Canadian racetrack to operate as a pool host for races conducted at other Canadian racetracks.

A Canadian race-course association that has applied for a pari-mutuel betting permit may submit a completed Application for Separate Pool Betting form to the CPMA for SPB authorization. In order to receive authorization to conduct SPB, the association must:

The Pool Host Association must submit the application and clearly indicate whether it is an original or amended application. Please follow the line-by-line instructions included in the form in its entirety.

Applying for Foreign Race Inter-Track Betting authorization

Foreign Race Inter-Track Betting (FRITB) allows Canadian racetracks to form betting networks where all bets are combined into a foreign pool host racetrack for bets placed on a horse race held at a foreign location.

A Canadian race-course association that has applied for a pari-mutuel betting permit may submit a completed Application for Foreign Race Inter-Track Betting (FRITB) form to the CPMA for FRITB authorization. In order to receive authorization to conduct FRITB, the association must:

The Canadian race-course association must submit the application and clearly indicate whether it is an original or amended application. Please follow the line-by-line instructions included in the form in its entirety.

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