In the November 2020 Budget, the Government of Ontario announced that the province will conduct and manage a regulated igaming market including through a subsidiary of the AGCO. Once established, the igaming subsidiary will manage the igaming commercial relationship between Ontario and private igaming operators. The Registrar’s role as regulator will remain unaltered and independent of the igaming subsidiary’s commercial role in the conduct and management of the igaming market. View our Nov 6 blog post on this topic.
On March 3, 2021, the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance announced that they were seeking feedback to inform the establishment of a competitive market that will bring internet gaming operators into Ontario’s legal igaming market with a robust consumer protection framework. Visit the government’s website to read the discussion paper. The discussion period was open to receive feedback until April 16, 2021.
On March 30, the AGCO opened its igaming engagement portal with an opportunity for stakeholders to provide input into draft Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming. The deadline for submissions on the draft Standards is April 30, 2021.
Over the next several months, the AGCO will undertake a series of engagements on key technical components of the igaming model with the understanding that the AGCO and the igaming subsidiary will establish reasonable and streamlined requirements. To participate, register today.
The AGCO is committed to engaging with stakeholders in advance of the establishment of Ontario’s new framework for igaming to understand the anticipated effectiveness and impacts of proposed standards, programs and processes, and to adjust based on feedback where possible and appropriate. Feedback provided through these engagements will be used by the AGCO to inform the regulatory framework, and by the igaming subsidiary in its operations.
Future Input Opportunities on the Engagement Portal Include
- Eligibility requirements and processes for organizations, individuals, and technology - Estimated April 2021
- The compliance approach and expectations - Estimated May 2021
- Subsidiary/Commercial - More information coming soon