Role of AGCO in Regulating Ontario’s iGaming Open and Competitive Market
The AGCO establishes and upholds standards and requirements (known as the Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming) applicable to OLG with respect to its internet gaming site, to iGaming Ontario with respect to its activities in the soon-to-be launched open and competitive igaming market, and to all registered igaming Operators and Suppliers in Ontario.
View this infographic to learn key differences in roles and priorities between the AGCO’s role and iGaming Ontario.
For more information regarding regulatory obligations and registration with the AGCO, view the Internet gaming Operators and Gaming-Related Suppliers webpage.
On July 6, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced the establishment of iGaming Ontario™, a subsidiary of the AGCO, as a separate and distinct legal entity to conduct and manage Ontario’s open and competitive igaming market. Please visit the July 6 blog post for more information.
To learn more about iGaming Ontario and its role in supporting the province’s plans to create an open and competitive internet gaming market in Ontario, visit the iGaming Ontario website.
Prospective igaming Operators may also wish to visit iGaming Ontario’s engagement page to download, sign and send back a non-disclosure agreement with iGaming Ontario to participate in iGaming Ontario’s engagements and receive more detailed information about the requirements for operators.
AGCO Opens Registration Portal to Interested iGaming Operators and Suppliers
Internet gaming operators and gaming-related suppliers may begin preparing their applications for registration with the AGCO through the regulator’s online service portal, iAGCO.
The AGCO has opened up the registration application site as early as possible knowing it will take time for applicants to prepare, collect and submit all required information and supporting documentation. Applicants are encouraged to provide as complete an application as possible to ensure timely processing. Read this blog post for more information.
Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming
The AGCO has released the finalized Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming that will be applicable to registered igaming Operators and Gaming-Related Suppliers when the regulated igaming market is launched in Ontario. The Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming, including the standards relating to sport and event betting, are fundamental to the AGCO’s igaming regulatory framework and standards-based approach to regulation.
To help Operators and Suppliers prepare for the launch of their igaming sites in the regulated market, the AGCO has provided advance access to the Registrar Standards for Internet Gaming, as well as a supporting document with Frequently Asked Questions.
- Registrar Standards for Internet Gaming (will come into force when the regulated igaming market is launched in Ontario)
- igaming Standards FAQs
iGaming Operator and Supplier Application Guides Now Available
The AGCO has created an Internet Gaming Operator Application Guide to help prepare internet gaming operators for registration on iAGCO. Operators can use this guide to prepare their application and begin gathering supporting documentation.
An Internet Gaming Supplier Application Guide has also been developed to assist gaming-related suppliers.
Please note that Independent Testing Labs (ITLs) can also apply to be registered as a Gaming-Related Supplier using the iAGCO online portal. Read this blog post for more information and guidance on how to apply.
Some Context on iGaming
In the November 2020 Budget, the Government of Ontario announced that the province will conduct and manage a regulated igaming market through iGaming Ontario, a subsidiary of the AGCO. The AGCO will oversee the regulatory side of igaming, including the establishment of the Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming. The Standards are applicable to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) with respect to its internet gaming site, and to iGaming Ontario and its activities. They also will apply to all registered igaming operators and suppliers when the open and competitive igaming market is launched in Ontario.
iGaming Ontario will conduct and manage internet gaming when provided through private gaming operators in Ontario, in accordance with Canada’s Criminal Code. iGaming Ontario will, among other responsibilities, develop and execute commercial agreements with private igaming operators, as well as the required policies, programs and procedures that balance key government objectives such as consumer protection and reduction of red tape.
The Registrar’s role as regulator will remain unaltered and independent of the iGaming Ontario’s commercial role in the conduct and management of the igaming market. View our blog post from November 6, 2020 for more information.
Engagements with interested parties:
On March 3, 2021, the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance announced they were seeking feedback to inform the establishment of a competitive market that will bring internet gaming operators into Ontario’s open and competitive igaming market with an enhanced 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, 2021, the AGCO opened an igaming engagement portal and has so far undertaken the following engagements on key technical components of the igaming model with the understanding that the AGCO and iGaming Ontario will establish reasonable and streamlined requirements:
- Sport and events betting standards — input period closed August 18, 2021
- The compliance approach and expectations — input period closed July 6, 2021
- Eligibility requirements and processes for organizations, individuals, and technology — input period closed June 14, 2021 (Read the Internet Gaming Operator Application Guide)
- Draft Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming — input period closed April 30, 2021 (Read the final Standards)
The AGCO would like to thank all participants who registered, read materials and submitted input during these engagements. Feedback provided through these engagements will be used by the AGCO to inform the igaming regulatory framework, and by iGaming Ontario in its operations.
The AGCO remains committed to engaging with stakeholders as Ontario’s new framework for igaming is established. Register here to review previous engagement materials or to be notified of future opportunities to participate.
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