In 2020–2021, the AGCO undertook significant organizational structural change to better advance its strategic priorities and operational needs. Its organizational structure is based on functional responsibilities and consists of seven divisions, each led by a member of the Executive Committee that reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar.

The Investigation and Enforcement Bureau (IEB) functions as an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) bureau assigned to the AGCO and is headed by a Chief Superintendent of the OPP. The IEB is responsible for regulatory and criminal investigations, as well as sharing its expertise and information with external law enforcement and other regulatory and industry stakeholder agencies.

Organizational Structure of the AGCO

Organizational Chart

Organizational Structure (Text Version)

Brief description of corporate structure and function of AGCO divisions

Operations Division

Through its Licensing and Registration Branch (L&R), the Operations Division is responsible for reviewing and processing all application types, including licences, permits, authorizations and registrations, across all the lines of business regulated by the AGCO. L&R also works with municipalities and First Nations overseeing the licensing of charitable lottery schemes.

The Division includes Compliance Services (CS), which consists of the Audit and Financial Investigations (AFI) Branch and the Regulatory Compliance Branch (RCB). These branches conduct regulatory compliance activities, including education, planning, and inspections, along with audits and financial investigations across all lines of business. Equipping frontline staff with the knowledge and skills to deliver services to all industries and sectors, CS deploys regional, cross-functional teams who take a comprehensive, risk- and outcomes-based approach to regulatory compliance.

Compliance Officials (COs) and Auditors respond to compliance concerns when and where they occur, taking a multi-sector approach and maintaining a focus on supporting desired regulatory outcomes. In addition, the Forensic Accountants of the AFI Branch conduct due diligence in support of L&R processes and financial investigations regarding allegations of fraud.

RCB also provides Racing Officials (Judges and Stewards), who supervise horse races conducted at Ontario’s licensed racetracks, as well as Veterinary Services, which oversee the health and welfare of horses during racing. Veterinary Services work with the Official Veterinarians, who are employed by the racetracks but supervised by the AGCO.

The Division’s Technical and Laboratory Services staff assess and approve electronic games, systems and equipment against Ontario Technical Standards and assess supplier and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) quality assurance and testing procedures.

The Regulatory Assurance Branch (RAB) leads the development and implementation of tools, strategies and frameworks that assess risk and drive the AGCO’s compliance-focused approach. The RAB also works with the province’s cannabis retail store operators and the Ontario Cannabis Store to ensure the accurate tracking of all cannabis.

Corporate Affairs, Strategic Policy and Planning Division

The Corporate Affairs, Strategic Policy and Planning Division provides a variety of strategic functions to support the delivery of the agency’s mandate, including regulatory policy, external stakeholder engagement, and corporate planning. It also serves as the primary liaison with government partners to support government initiatives and conduct issues management.

The Corporate Secretariat responsible for Board support resides within this division and assists the AGCO Board of Directors in fulfilling its governance responsibilities. This includes ensuring that key corporate accountability measures are completed within government timelines and monitoring compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the government and the AGCO. A dedicated and independent unit also provides administrative support to the Horse Racing Appeal Panel.

Corporate Services Division

The Corporate Services Division provides advice and guidance on all aspects of the AGCO’s day-to-day administration and client services and plays a strategic role as proactive facilitator of the agency’s major change initiatives.

This Division is responsible for a number of functions and activities:

  • A new People and Culture Branch, responsible for AGCO’s Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DI&A) Framework, People Strategy, Workplace of the Future, and future organizational projects, ensures that foundational workforce pieces align with strategic priorities, human resource strategies and I&IT vision.
  • The Human Resources and Training Branch is responsible for supporting the People First strategic direction. This includes full-cycle human resources operational services, wellness, employee engagement, coaching, management/labour relations, talent management and succession planning, talent data analytics/reporting, and internal and external training. This branch ensures that the AGCO Development Program harmonizes staff training needs with professional career growth, mentoring, coaching and succession planning.
  • The Finance and Administration Branch provides the following services and resources: financial planning and reporting, accounting, payroll, procurement (including oversight of vendor management), facilities management, and mail and courier services.
  • The Risk Management and Internal Audit Branch undertakes internal audits, which provide reasonable assurance that the AGCO’s risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively. The Branch also supports the agency’s Enterprise Risk Management framework and coordinates the Emergency Management Enterprise System, which includes the Business Continuity Plan.”
  • The Project Management Office (PMO) continues to manage AGCO’s priority projects. It ensures major projects stay on track, outcomes are aligned to strategic goals and the right resources are in the right place based on corporate needs.
  • The Change Management Office (CMO) implements a change management framework for the agency by applying structured processes and tools to lead people through organizational change, and helps individuals transition by engaging, adopting and implementing change.

Information and Information Technology (I&IT) Division

The I&IT Division, in partnership with each business area, provides strategic advice and technology to support the AGCO’s strategic pillars of Digital First and Work of the Future. The Division oversees investment in information and information technology and makes it easier for people and businesses to interact and engage within the agency.

The Information Services division is responsible for the technology portfolio, which includes oversight of several branches:

  • The Regulatory Information and Intelligence Branch (RII) provides data analytics solutions to inform regulatory policy and operations. It optimizes service delivery and resource efficiencies to ensure alignment with the two strategic pillars of Data Analytics and Data Governance.
  • The Business Optimization Branch (BMO) continues to bring an enterprise-wide business lens to key optimization initiatives resulting in continuous process and business improvements across the organization. Built on a continuous innovation and improvement framework and digital transformation and automation mindset, this branch works with all lines of business to identify optimization opportunities and liaise with system and data teams.
  • A new Cybersecurity Branch will be established to focus on matters related to AGCO's lines of business and corporate solutions such as iAGCO, the Data Analytic platform, Enterprise Document Management, and human resources and financial systems.
  • The Information Management Branch provides IT planning and roadmaps, innovative business solutions, robust technology platforms, enterprise architecture and design, AGCO system development and configuration, data management/governance and end-user solutions, and operates the help desk.

Communications and Service Experience Division

The Communications and Service Experience Division provides strategic communications advice and services, manages media relations and the AGCO’s public reputation, and oversees the development of internal and external communication materials and publications. It builds understanding and acceptance of organizational objectives and policy priorities through regular communication with staff and stakeholders.

The Service Strategy and Experience Branch delivers on the AGCO’s Service Excellence strategic objectives by working with partners across the organization to strengthen the organization’s service culture and competencies and ensuring customer needs are the “organizing principle” around which policy development, service design and delivery are planned and executed. The branch houses the AGCO’s Contact Centre, handling 100,000-plus customer transactions yearly, across a range of channels. It also provides oversight of the agency’s inquiries and complaints handling policy and practices, and ensures the customer experience is monitored, measured and managed.

Investigation and Enforcement Bureau

The OPP Investigation and Enforcement Bureau (IEB) assigned to the AGCO employs approximately 135 sworn and civilian members, fully integrated within the AGCO. The OPP Superintendent (Director) reports directly to the Chief Superintendent. The Bureau’s branches conduct investigations across all lines of business regulated by the AGCO. The Bureau also provides investigative expertise to, and shares information with, other law enforcement services and regulatory and industry stakeholder agencies to ensure integrity and public safety within these regulated industries and sectors.

Legal Services Division

The Legal Services Division provides legal advice and services to the AGCO. This includes providing advice on the application of legislation, regulations and standards administered by the AGCO, assistance in drafting legislation, contracts and policies, as well as providing advice and opinions on corporate issues and initiatives. It also provides legal advice on licensee and registrant compliance matters within the regulatory framework and represents the Registrar at hearings of appeals before the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT), the Horse Racing Appeal Panel (HRAP), the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal.

AGCO Licensees and Registrants (2020–2021)

Total Licensees and Registrants 81,651; Gaming and Lottery Registrants 36%, 29,305; Horse Racing Licensees 20%, 15,951; Cannabis 4%, 3,361; Alcohol Industry Licensees 40%, 33,034

Approximately 3,200 Special Occasion Permits (SOPs) were issued by the AGCO in 2020–2021.