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Backstretch Benefits Program for HRA Licensees

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Exciting News: Introducing the Backstretch Benefits Program Launching January 1, 2024, for Horse Racing Alberta Licensees!

We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of the HRA Backstretch Benefits Program, taking effect on January 1, 2024! This initiative aims to elevate your well-being and provide invaluable support for you and your family, at no cost to our licensees. As a testament to our commitment to your safety and welfare, this program encompasses Accidental Death and dismemberment, Specific Loss Indemnity, Critical Illness coverage, and a Licensee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).

Key Benefits and Eligibility:

  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Specific Loss Indemnity: In the event of accidental death, dismemberment, or specific loss, the program offers financial protection to ensure peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
  • Critical Illness Coverage: Receive financial support in the face of major illnesses, allowing you to focus on your recovery without added financial strain.
  • Weekly Indemnity: Gain reassurance with weekly indemnity benefits, providing financial support in the event of an unforeseen injury that prevents you from working.
  • Licensee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): Short-term assistance for licensees and their family members. Access to programs such as Disability Support Services, Chronic Disease Management and Eldercare management. As well as 24/7 access to short-term therapy/counselling, trauma/crisis management and intervention services, financial, legal, family and stress-related services, caregiving, and care support for age-related illnesses with support for the entire family (such as elderly parents), with care transitions and community support.

Eligible Licence Types:

  • Apprentice Jockey
  • Assistant Trainer
  • Driver
  • Exercise Person
  • Groom
  • Jockey
  • Pony Person
  • Pony Rider
  • Trainer/Driver
  • Trainer/Driver/Open Claim

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Under the age of 70

Enrollment Information:

Enrollment in the Backstretch Benefits Program is automatic for all eligible licensees. More detailed information, including specifics and contact details, will be provided via email and through information sessions.

Information Sessions:

Stay tuned for detailed communication regarding enrollment specifics and comprehensive coverage details. Information sessions will be available to provide in-depth insights into the program, and we highly encourage all licensees to attend these sessions.

The HRA Backstretch Benefits Program is our commitment to your well-being, recognizing the vital role you play in Alberta's horse racing community.

For any inquiries about the program, kindly direct them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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