As we enter a second provincial state of emergency, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will once again be extending the term of all active liquor and gaming licences, registrations and authorizations by three months in order to continue providing support to the people and businesses regulated by the AGCO affected by the COVID-...

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In: General - Thursday, January 14, 2021

Stay-at-home order takes effect in Ontario

In response to rising COVID-19 cases, the Ontario Government declared a second provincial emergency and announced a number of new public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. On Thursday, January 14, 2021, a stay-at-home order took effect in Ontario requiring everyone to remain at home with limited exceptions. More information is...

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Today the Auditor General published a Value for Money Audit report on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. The review identified some valuable areas for improvement. The AGCO has always been committed to continuous improvement and will work closely with the Government of Ontario and with the regulated sectors as it addresses many of...

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Earlier today, the Government of Ontario announced it will change the classification of several public health regions within its Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, including moving Toronto and Peel regions...

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The AGCO’s mandate is to regulate the alcohol, gaming, horse racing and cannabis retail sectors in accordance with the principles of honesty and integrity, and in the public interest.

Throughout the pandemic, the AGCO has continued its compliance monitoring activities to ensure the individuals and businesses working in these sectors...

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To help licensees understand how the Government of Ontario’s new COVID-19 Response Framework affects them, the AGCO...

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On March 18, 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced that it would be extending by three months the term of all the active licences, authorizations and registrations it has issued. On ...

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On Friday, October 9, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced that it introduced additional, targeted public health measures in the Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto public health unit regions...

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On September 19, 2020 the Ontario Government announced reductions in the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored and private social gatherings across the entire province...

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Following the February 2020 post announcing the retirement of the AGCO’s CEO and Registrar Jean Major in early September, and the appointment of Tom Mungham as his successor, the AGCO is announcing some other notable changes...

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In: General - Thursday, August 20, 2020

AGCO Newsletters: We’ve gone digital!

To support the AGCO’s commitment to a digital-first approach as a modern regulator, we have moved our existing print newsletters (Licence Line, Lottery Line and Race Line) to an “e-newsletter” format. We will also be launching an e-newsletter for the cannabis retail regulation sector. This change aligns with the Ontario Government’s...

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On March 28, 2020, the Ontario government issued an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than...

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On March 18, 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced that it would be extending by three months the term of all the active liquor, gaming and cannabis licences, authorizations and...

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On March 18, 2020, we advised you that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) would be extending by three months the term of all the active liquor, gaming and cannabis licences, authorizations and...

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During this extraordinary and challenging time, the AGCO will continue its activities and services as long as the sectors we regulate remain operative. We are very aware and empathetic to the toll of this pandemic on affected businesses, individuals and families. We are making every effort to support our customers by continuing to deliver...

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In light of the extraordinary measures being taken by the Government of Ontario to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGCO will extend the term of all active liquor, gaming and cannabis licences, authorizations and registrations it has issued by three months.

In the case of horse racing, all horseperson licences will be extended...

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This message is to confirm the AGCO will be maintaining its services in support of the businesses and citizens that rely on our activities. We will be adapting our services as needed, guided by advice from public health officials.

Monitor recommendations and direction from government and public health authorities

Your decisions...

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After 35 years of public service and 16 years at the helm of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), Jean Major announced he will be retiring from his roles as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer by the end of August 2020.

Since 2004, Jean has been leading the AGCO on a deliberate modernization journey that...

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