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Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations (SOR/91-365)

Regulations are current to 2021-06-28 and last amended on 2020-10-22. Previous Versions

PART IIPari-mutuel Systems and Related Facilities (continued)

Requirements Generally (continued)

  •  (1) For the proper supervision and operation of a pari-mutuel system, an association shall, at its race-course,

    • (a) provide rooms and areas that are lighted, ventilated and equipped with plumbing and electricity to meet the requirements of the operations carried out therein;

    • (b) provide a suitable location for providing the public with information and for receiving complaints from the public;

    • (c) ensure that each betting terminal is identifiable by means of a distinct name or number that is visible to any person who makes or cashes a bet;

    • (d) provide, for the use of an officer, an office in the immediate vicinity of the totalizator that is equipped with

      • (i) connections that are capable of supporting telephone and Internet services,

      • (ii) a storage cabinet and a filing cabinet that can be locked, and

      • (iii) such additional furnishings as are necessary to permit the officer to perform the officer’s duties; and

    • (e) provide, at the race-course, one or more devices used to close betting on a race, with one being in the immediate vicinity of the totalizator and any others being at locations authorized by an officer.

  • (2) Paragraph (1)(d) does not apply in respect of a race-course that conducts races on fewer than 10 days in a year.

  • SOR/93-255, s. 4(E)
  • SOR/2003-218, s. 6
  • SOR/2011-169, s. 8

 An association shall maintain a daily written record of the pari-mutuel system’s operations and maintenance and shall retain each record for a period of at least one year from the day on which it was created.

  • SOR/2011-169, s. 9

Requirements for Pari-mutuel Systems

  • SOR/2011-169, s. 10

 A pari-mutuel system shall not be approved unless

  • (a) it is capable of accurately recording bets;

  • (b) it is capable of accurately calculating the pay-out prices;

  • (c) the tickets printed by the system contain the information set out in section 16; and

  • (d) the association provides an officer, on request, with

    • (i) a description of the pari-mutuel system, including a diagram of the configuration of the totalizator,

    • (ii) a description of the method for sending and receiving pari-mutuel information between host and satellite tracks,

    • (iii) a description of the interface capabilities of the pari-mutuel system,

    • (iv) a description of the security system for the pari-mutuel system,

    • (v) a description of the controlled access to the pari-mutuel system,

    • (vi) a description of the security system that protects all records pertaining to the pari-mutuel system, including records of outstanding tickets and all approved types of pari-mutuel betting,

    • (vii) a description of procedures to implement modifications and testing of the pari-mutuel system,

    • (viii) a catalogue of all the pari-mutuel system computer records that are used at the association’s race-course, and

    • (ix) a glossary of terms, procedural-log explanations and any other information required to enable an officer to audit the pari-mutuel system.

  • SOR/93-255, s. 3
  • SOR/2003-218, s. 7
  • SOR/2011-169, s. 11

 An approval of a pari-mutuel system shall be given for a period of not greater than three years.

  • SOR/2017-8, s. 5

 An association shall ensure that every ticket sets out

  • (a) the name of the race-course;

  • (b) the value of each individual bet;

  • (c) the amount of money bet;

  • (d) the type of bet;

  • (e) the location, number and date of the race;

  • (f) a code that uniquely identifies the ticket;

  • (g) the date the ticket was issued;

  • (h) the number of the horse or horses on which the bet was made; and

  • (i) the number of the ticket-issuing machine.

  • SOR/2011-169, s. 12

 Whenever a device referred to in paragraph 13(1)(e) to close betting in a pari-mutuel system has been activated, the association shall record on its pari-mutuel system log file

  • (a) the device that was used to close betting; and

  • (b) the time of day in hours, minutes and seconds at which betting was closed.

  • SOR/2011-169, s. 13

 [Repealed, SOR/2011-169, s. 14]

 [Repealed, SOR/2011-169, s. 14]

Testing and Breakdown of Pari-mutuel Systems

  • SOR/2011-169, s. 15

 An association shall, each day prior to the opening of betting,

  • (a) test the operation of the pari-mutuel system; and

  • (b) make all the necessary repairs and adjustments to the pari-mutuel system.

  • (c) [Repealed, SOR/2011-169, s. 16]

  • SOR/2011-169, s. 16

 An association shall without delay notify an officer in writing if any error or faulty operation of the pari-mutuel system or its related equipment is discovered.

  • SOR/2011-169, s. 17

 [Repealed, SOR/2011-169, s. 17]

 [Repealed, SOR/2011-169, s. 17]

 [Repealed, SOR/2011-169, s. 17]

Race information


  •  (1) An association shall provide the public, free of charge and in an easily accessible manner, with the following information:

    • (a) the name of the association conducting the pari-mutuel betting;

    • (b) a statement that the pari-mutuel betting is supervised by the Minister and a statement that all pools are calculated and distributed in accordance with these Regulations;

    • (c) Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency contact information;

    • (d) the terms and conditions of a bet, including the information that a winning ticket is valid indefinitely;

    • (e) a description of how bets are cashed and cancelled, including any limits to the conditions, in accordance with subsection 57(6) and section 117;

    • (f) a statement that bets may be refunded under certain circumstances and a description of how the public will be informed of any refunds;

    • (g) with respect to odds,

      • (i) a description of the ratios that are used by an association to display odds,

      • (ii) the statement that approximate odds represent only the probable pay-out price of the win pool at the time they are posted and have no bearing on the pay-out price for any other pool,

      • (iii) a statement that if approximate odds for any horse are posted as “1:9”, the pay-out price based on a $2 bet on the win pool may be as low as $2.10, and

      • (iv) a statement that if approximate odds for any horse are posted as “99:1”, the pay-out price based on a $2 bet on the win pool may be greater than $200; and

    • (h) the value of outstanding tickets

      • (i) in the case of an association that is authorized to conduct betting under subsection 90(4) or section 95, for each of the preceding quarters ending on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31, as calculated not later than three months after the end of each quarter, and

      • (ii) in any other case, for the preceding year, as calculated not later than three months after the end of that year.

  • (2) An association shall, on request, provide an officer in writing with any information set out in sections 25 to 27.

  • SOR/2000-163, s. 3
  • SOR/2011-169, s. 18
  • SOR/2017-8, s. 6
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