AGCO Working 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 activities 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 once again 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.
The AGCO places a premium on education and training and has developed a number of initiatives to promote compliance and responsible practices in the alcohol, gaming, cannabis retail 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 programs selected by the AGCO by using money collected through monetary penalties (OMPs) that have been assessed against licensees, registrants and others the AGCO regulates who have contravened provincial laws. By law, all OMP funds must be used for ETA purposes.
In 2019-20, $250,000 in funding was made available and 28 proposals for funding were received. Three projects were ultimately selected to receive funding. See more information about the funded projects.
Opportunity to Work with Stakeholders
The AGCO recognizes that industry 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 the 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 2020-2021 fiscal year, the total amount of funds available to support new ETA projects is $350,000, with a maximum amount of $125,000 for any one project and a goal of funding projects of varied sizes. The 2020-2021 funding available is intended to support projects up to March 31, 2022.
How Will Funding be Allocated?
Applications will be evaluated against pre-defined eligibility requirements and project criteria. Successful proposals will be informed in late December 2020 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?
Check out the ConnectAGCO page for more information about the application requirements, timelines, eligible costs and proposal submission.
Note that the AGCO will be available to answer questions on how to respond to this call for proposals via ConnectAGCO. Should you have any additional questions please direct your questions to ETA@agco.ca.