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Licensing

Corporate Thoroughbred

A stable name, estate or multiple ownership entity (such as a corporation or a partnership) that owns a horse must be licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). Prior to being licenced by the AGCO, the ownership must first be registered with the breed registry body, the Jockey Club of Canada, or in the United States through the Jockey Club.

In addition to the ownership entity, any person holding or controlling five percent (5%) or more of an entity must be licence as an owner.

Application Process
A complete application includes: 

  • Completed stable/partnership application form;
    • Including a list of names and addressed for all partners and controlling officers.
  • Appropriate licensing fees;
  • Business documentation as follows (if not already on file with the AGCO): 
    • Corporation – Official Profile Report for the corporation name from the Ministry of Government Services www.mgs.gov.on.ca
    • Partnerships (General or Limited) - Business Names Report from the Ministry of Government Services www.mgs.gov.on.ca
    • Applicants can also obtain these reports electronically through a public record search:

Cost 
The fee for a stable licence (including corporations) or partnership can be found here.
Individuals who are members of the stable, or meet one of the definitions listed below under “Who needs to be Licenced?” must be licensed as part of the stable licence (including corporations) or partnership licence application. These individuals must submit a separate Thoroughbred Individual Licence Application with the appropriate licensing fees. 

For more information on Individual Thoroughbred licensing see: Thoroughbred Individual Licences

Effect of Suspension 
In the event that one or more of the members of a stable, corporation or partnership are suspended, the suspension shall also include any horses owned wholly or in part by the entity. 

Changes to Business Entity 
Any changes to the business entity must be reported to the AGCO any licensing requirements due to the change completed. 

Who Needs to be Licensed?

Corporations 
Corporation – with less than 10 shareholders

  • the corporation
  • every director
  • every shareholder

Corporation – with 10 or more shareholders, but less than 50

  • the corporation
  • every director
  • every shareholder holding or controlling a number of shares giving him/her 5 per cent or more of the voting rights in the corporation

Corporation – with 50 or more shareholders, or which is registered with a Canadian stock exchange

  • the corporation
  • every director or every member of the executive committee of the board of directors
  • every person acting as chairperson, secretary or holding a similar office
  • the person responsible within the corporation for the activities for which the licence is required
  • every shareholder holding or controlling a number of shares giving him/her 5 per cent or more of the voting rights in the corporation

Partnerships 
Partnership

  • the partnership
  • any person holding or controlling five (5%) or more of the partnership

General Partnership

  • the partnership, if 5 or more partners
  • the manager or any person holding a similar office
  • every partner

Limited Partnership

  • the limited partnership
  • the general partner and where the general partner is a corporation or a general partnership, the persons covered by sub-sections (a), (b), (c) and (d) of this section
  • the manager or the general partner or any person holding a similar office

Stable Names 
Registered Stable Name

  • the stable name
  • the owner or owners of the stable

Estate 

  • the estate
  • the executors of the estate





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