Aug 15, 2013
Anecdotally, anyone in the Ontario’s horse-racing sector knows the end of the Slots at Racetracks Program has dealt a devastating blow to the industry. Now there are numbers to prove it, and they are staggering.
The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association has collected the data and reports that compared to the last full year of the slots program (2011), approximately 9,000 jobs have already left the horse racing industry as a whole, most of those in rural Ontario.
Meanwhile, more than 3,000 horse owners have left the industry, taking with them nearly $850 million in investment, according to the racing industry’s research.
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