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Acts and Regulations - Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency's (CPMA) regulatory framework consists of laws, regulations, regulatory documents (for example, Policy Papers), licences and authorizations.

Section 204 of the Criminal Code is the legislative authority by which the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food may make regulations in respect of pari-mutuel betting (Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations). CPMA maintains this regulatory framework to govern and ensure the integrity of pari-mutuel betting systems in Canada. The key objective is to establish compliance with the Regulations in an efficient and effective manner, thereby protecting the interest of the betting public.

When required, the CPMA pre publishes in the Canada Gazette, Part I proposals for new regulations or proposed amendments to existing Regulations.

Comments may be submitted at any time. Please address comments to the attention of "Policy and Planning" by any of the following methods:

Mail: Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency
P.O. Box 5904
LCD Merivale
Ottawa, ON K2C 3X7


Fax: 613-759-6230

What are we doing?

As an agency, CPMA is responsible for administering acts and regulations, and for implementing government-wide regulatory initiatives. View the CMPA’s Regulatory Framework Overview at the following link: Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency Regulatory Framework Overview

Acts and Regulations

CPMA is responsible for administering certain federal acts and regulations.

Access these federal acts and regulations at the following link(s):

Planned or anticipated changes to regulations (Forward Regulatory Plan and the Stock Review plan)

CPMA publishes a public list, with descriptions, of planned or anticipated federal regulatory changes that CPMA intends to bring forward over a 24-month period (Forward Regulatory Plan).

The Forward Regulatory Plan landing page includes a link to the CPMA’s stock review plan, which is CPMA’s plan to review its entire regulatory stock over a set period of time. The stock review plan includes:

  • a list of the regulations that will undergo a review, prioritized in a way that makes sense to the regulator and stakeholders;
  • a time frame for the review(s).

View the Forward Regulatory Plan at the following link: Forward Regulatory Plan

Timeliness service standards and performance information

CPMA publishes timeliness service standards and performance information for its services, including services for regulated parties to obtain regulatory authorization such as a permit or licence to engage in a regulated activity.

View timeliness service standards and performance information at the following link: Service Standards for High-Volume Regulatory Authorizations.

How guidance on regulatory requirements is provided (Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements)

CPMA’s Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements:

  • outlines the commitments, practices and tools that CPMA applies when providing Canadians and businesses with information and guidance on regulatory obligations to be met;
  • identifies the conditions under which written responses to questions will be provided.

View CPMA’s Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements at the following link: Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements.

Number of administrative burden requirements in regulations (Administrative Burden Baseline initiative)

The Administrative Burden Baseline initiative requires departments and agencies to:

  • establish a baseline count of federal regulatory requirements that impose administrative burden on business;
  • annually update and report publicly on the count of baseline requirements.

View the number of administrative burden requirements in regulations administered by CPMA at the following link: Administrative Burden Baseline count and annual updates.

Frequently Asked Questions - Regulations

The Frequently Asked Questions are meant to provide Canadians and businesses with basic information about all of the regulations that CPMA administers directly.

View the Frequently Asked Questions at the following link: Frequently Asked Questions - Regulations.

All of the government's Acts and Regulations can be found on the Justice Laws Website. Access to the full text of federal Acts and Regulations is provided by the Department of Justice Canada, which is responsible for maintaining the Consolidated Statutes of Canada. Please read the note from the Department of Justice Canada.

For more information

Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments and agencies across the Government of Canada:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit:

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