AGCO to Work with Industry to Enhance Compliance

Compliance with provincial regulations in the alcohol, gaming, horse racing and cannabis retail sectors helps ensure Ontarians can enjoy these products safely and responsibly. Staying compliant also helps those who work in these sectors avoid monetary penalties, suspensions or the loss of their licences or registrations.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is looking to work with industry stakeholders by funding the creation of new education, training and awareness (ETA) projects. These projects must be designed to improve compliance with provincial laws and/or enhance awareness of issues of public interest within the sectors the AGCO regulates.  

Over the past several years, the AGCO has placed increasing emphasis on education and training and has developed a number of initiatives to promote compliance and responsible practices in the alcohol, gaming and horse racing industries. Now, the AGCO is offering industry stakeholders the opportunity to develop their own ETA projects and have them funded by the AGCO, provided they meet the AGCO’s objectives and funding criteria. Funding will be provided to selected programs by the AGCO by using money collected through monetary penalties (OMPs) that have been assessed against licesees, registrants and others the AGCO regulates who have contravened provincial laws. By law, all OMP funds must be used for ETA purposes.

Opportunity to Work with Stakeholders

The AGCO recognizes that stakeholders are uniquely positioned to understand the needs and priorities of their industries and members, and so can play an important role in increasing the knowledge and capacity of AGCO regulated persons to comply with the law. Many also have experience developing public awareness campaigns on topics or issues relevant to the AGCO’s mandate. The AGCO is expanding its use of OMP funds so that industry associations, social responsibility groups and others who are similarly active and have capacity to deliver programming in the sectors the AGCO regulates can apply to develop programs strategically aligned with the AGCO’s mandate and funding objectives.

How Much Funding is Available?

For the 2019-20 fiscal year, the total amount of funds available to support new ETA projects is $250,000, with a maximum amount of $100,000 for any one project. The 2019-20 funding available is intended to support projects up to August 30, 2020.

How Will Funding be Allocated?

In order to be eligible, applications must be submitted to before 5:00 PM ET on June 28, 2019.

Applications will be evaluated against pre-defined eligibility requirements and project criteria. Successful proponents will be informed in mid-summer 2019 and issued approval for funding subject to a signed agreement with the AGCO that will include reporting, performance measurement, funding and accountability requirements.

Need More Information?

See the application guide and FAQ page for more information about the application requirements, timelines and eligible costs (PDF version of the guide also available).

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