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The AGCO is an arm’s length regulatory agency of the provincial government, reporting to the Ministry of the Attorney General. It was established on February 23, 1998, under the Alcohol, Cannabis and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996. The AGCO continues as a corporation under a new corporate governance statute, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario Act, 2019.  

The AGCO is responsible for the administration of:  

  • Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario Act, 2019  
  • Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019  
  • Gaming Control Act, 1992;
  • Charity Lottery Licensing Order-in-Council 1413/08 (as amended);
  • Cannabis Licence Act, 2018;
  • Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015 ;

Since its inception, the AGCO’s mandate has evolved to support the growth of the alcohol, lottery, and gaming sectors, in addition to more recently assuming responsibility for Ontario’s horse racing sector, and the legal recreational cannabis retail sector.  

In 2021, iGaming Ontario was established as a subsidiary corporation of the AGCO. Ontario Regulation 517/21 under the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario Act, 2019, sets out that relationship and provides for appointments to the iGaming Ontario Board. There is the ability to cross-appoint AGCO Board members to the iGaming Ontario Board of Directors with certain limitations which are set out in regulation. The AGCO remains an independent agency responsible for the regulation of gaming activities in the province, including igaming, to ensure it is conducted with honesty, integrity, and in the public interest. The Registrar’s role is independent of iGaming Ontario’s role in the conduct and management of igaming.  

In addition to statutory and structural measures to mitigate real and perceived conflicts of interest, the AGCO Board has approved a Conflict-of-Interest policy for all AGCO employees, the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, and AGCO Board Members. iGaming Ontario is also required by regulation to develop and maintain a separate Conflict of Interest policy for its directors, officers, and employees.  

The AGCO’s Strategic Plan articulates the vision, goals, and key commitments it has made to fulfill its regulatory mandate and to support the alignment to and the achievement of the priorities outlined by the Ontario Government, in particular the Ministry of the Attorney General to which it reports.


Text version of AGCO Alignment with Government and Ministry Priorities

  1. Government Priorities
    • Working harder, smarter, and more efficiently
    • Reducing the regulatory burden
    • Respecting the consumers
  2. Ministry of the Attorney General Values
    • Accountability
    • Collaboration
    • Courage
    • Excellence
    • Inclusion
    • Integrity
    • Respect
  3. AGCO Strategic Direction
    • Vision: A world-class regulator that is innovative, proactive, inclusive and socially responsible
    • Mandate: To regulate in accordance with the principles of honesty, integrity, and in the public interest
  4. AGCO Values
    • Integrity
    • Respect
    • Accountability
    • Public Interest
  5. AGCO Strategic Goals
    • Modern Regulator
    • Service Excellence
    • People First

The AGCO is committed to fulfilling its mandate as set out in its 2024-25 mandate letter from the Attorney General. The AGCO has developed this Business Plan to align with the expectations in its mandate letter and the AGCO Board of Directors priorities.