MPHRC Act

Provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick regulations made pursuant to the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission Act.

The Commission may:
  • govern, regulate and supervise harness racing in all of its forms relevant and related to pari-mutuel betting;
  • govern and regulate inter-track betting, separate-pool betting, foreign-race inter-track betting and foreign-race separate-pool betting in accordance with the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations made pursuant to the Criminal Code (Canada);
  • govern and regulate the operation of betting theatres authorized by the Governor in Council in accordance with the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations made pursuant to the Criminal Code (Canada);
  • govern, regulate and supervise the operation of race tracks;
  • recommend home-market areas to the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency for the purpose of telephone-account betting and theatre betting in accordance with the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations made pursuant to the Criminal Code (Canada);
  • establish uniform rules for the conduct of harness racing;
  • license track operators and impose such terms and conditions on a licence as the Commission considers appropriate;
  • licence betting theatres in accordance with the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations made pursuant to the Criminal Code (Canada) and impose such terms and conditions on a licence as the Commission considers appropriate;
  • licence owners, trainers, drivers, grooms and such other persons in or about race tracks and impose such terms and conditions on a licence as the Commission considers appropriate;
  • on written application to the Commission by the person affected, revoke, suspend or vary a term or condition imposed on a licence by the Commission;
  • fix and collect fees or other charges for licences and prescribe the form of licences and the conditions under which licences may be issued;
  • refuse the granting of any licence;
  • make, adopt or incorporate by reference rules for the conduct of harness racing;
  • fix, impose and collect fines, not exceeding five thousand dollars, and other penalties for the violation
    • of any term or condition imposed by the Commission,
    • of any rule made, adopted or incorporated by reference by the Commission, and
    • of an order of the Commission, or of a harness-racing judge or Board to which the Commission has delegated powers pursuant to this Act;
      • recruit, train, evaluate, license and employ harness-racing judges and such other officials and staff as the Commission considers appropriate to attend at harness-racing meets on behalf of the Commission;
      • approve the appointment of race-track officials and employees whose duties relate to the actual running of harness races;
      • require licensed track operators to keep books of account in a manner satisfactory to the Commission;
      • inspect at any reasonable time books of account referred to in clause (m);
      • investigate any action by a person licensed or required to be licensed by the Commission that allegedly constitutes conduct detrimental to harness racing and, for that purpose, engage the services of a licensed private investigator;
      • hold hearings relating to the carrying out of the powers of the Commission;
  • without limiting the generality of the power to hold hearings pursuant to clause (p), hold a hearing in respect of a person who is licensed or required to be licensed by the Commission or who participates in harness racing at any track when
    • a written and signed complaint is made to the Commission concerning any action of the person that may indicate conduct detrimental to harness racing, or
    • the Commission has reasonable and probable grounds to believe that the person has engaged in conduct detrimental to harness racing;
      • at the conclusion of a hearing, suspend or revoke any licence;
      • on written application to the Commission by the person affected, reinstate a licence that has been suspended or revoked and impose such terms and conditions on the reinstated licence as the Commission considers appropriate;
  • when it delegates to a harness-racing judge or to the Board the power to hold a hearing, delegate to the judge or the Board any of its powers and duties in relation to hearings;
  • intervene as a facilitator or mediator for the purpose of convening parties to attempt to bring resolution to matters in dispute where it deems it necessary for the governance, regulation and integrity of harness racing and delegate this power to any person;
  • make by-laws for the conduct of the business of the Commission and for the control and direction of the work of the Commission, including for the conduct of hearings;
  • do such other things relating to harness racing or to the operation of race tracks as are authorized or directed by the Governor in Council. 1994, c. 40, s. 3; 2002, c. 35, s. 3.



A complete copy of the Provincial Acts can be obtained at:


Province of Prince Edward Islandwww.gov.pe.ca/law/statutes/pdf/m-01_3.pdf?

Province of New Brunswickwww.gnb.ca/acts/acts/m-01-3.htm

Province of Nova Scotiahttp://www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/legc/statutes/marprhar.htm

Amendment - http://www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/legc/bills/58th_2nd/3rd_read/b083.htm