The AGCO is an arm’s length regulatory agency of the provincial government, reporting to the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG), that was established February 23, 1998 under the Alcohol, Cannabis and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996.
Since its inception in 1998, the AGCO’s mandate has continuously evolved in support of the general overall growth of the liquor, gaming, and, more recently, horse racing and storefront recreational cannabis sectors in Ontario. Doing so has required that the AGCO’s regulatory approach remain nimble and adaptive to ensure these sectors continue to be regulated effectively and efficiently, while always ensuring that the AGCO is acting in the public interest and in accordance with the principles of honesty, integrity, and social responsibility as prescribed in the AGCO’s governing legislation.
The AGCO Strategic Plan articulates the vision, goals and key commitments the agency has made to fulfill the regulatory mandate and to support the achievement of the priorities outlined by the Ontario Government:
- Working harder, smarter and more efficiently;
- Reducing the regulatory burden; and
- Respecting consumers to make the responsible choices that work best for them.
As a provincial Crown agency that reports to the Ministry of the Attorney General, the AGCO’s People-Centric strategic goal aligns with MAG’s values of collaboration, respect, integrity and inclusion. The strategic goal of Service Excellence reflects MAG’s own commitment to service excellence, as well as the Ministry’s commitment to accountability. MAG’s vision of an innovative, sustainable and responsive justice system that inspires public confidence and upholds the rule of law inspired the AGCO’s own vision of being a world class regulator that is proactive and socially responsible.
The AGCO is responsible for the administration of:
- Liquor Licence Act, 1990
- Wine Content and Labelling Act, 2000
- Liquor Control Act, 1990 [sections 3(1)b, e, e.1, f, g; 3(2) a; 3.0.1 (1) and (2); 3.0.3 (1), (2), (3) and (5); 4.1]
- Regulation 717 [Subsections 3(1) and (2)
- Regulation 232/16 [Subsections 5 and 6;
- Gaming Control Act, 1992
- Charity Lottery Licensing Order-in-Council 1413/08 (as amended)
- Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015
- Cannabis Licence Act, 2018