The Registrar of Alcohol, Gaming and Racing is appointed under the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996 and has powers and duties under the Gaming Control Act, 1992 and its Regulations. Under section 3.8 of the Gaming Control Act, 1992, the Registrar is authorized to establish standards and requirements for the conduct, management and operation of Gaming Sites, lottery schemes or businesses related to a Gaming Site or a lottery scheme or for goods or services related to that conduct, management or operation. The Registrar has established these technical standards as the minimum standards for Electronic Raffle Systems (ERS) to comply with, in regards to their technical integrity, security, accounting capability, and the public interest.
These minimum Electronic Raffle standards are based on vulnerability-risk analysis of Raffle solutions, and reviewing other jurisdictional standards. The standards reflect typical ERS architecture, Raffle Game design and processes to mitigate inherent risks with technical integrity, security, accounting capability, and the public interest. The intent of this document is to provide minimum technical standards to be used in assessing the compliance of Electronic Raffle Systems for approval in Ontario, as applicable to a specific ERS technical solution for electronic Raffles.
These revised minimum technical standards are effective on November 30, 2018.
From time to time, as necessary, modifications will be made to these minimum technical standards.
These standards should be read in conjunction with Electronic Raffle Operational Terms and Conditions.
Introduction of New Technology in Ontario
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is a modern regulator, committed to ensuring that gaming is carried out in the Province of Ontario in keeping with the principles of technical integrity, security, accounting capability, and the public interest.
Recognizing that the gaming sector continues to evolve and that the introduction of new technologies provides opportunities for regulated entities in Ontario, the AGCO affirms its desire to address new technologies affecting the gaming sector in an efficient and open manner.
Therefore, where a Supplier or Charity has questions about the application of these standards to new technologies that seem to fall entirely or in part outside of the standards, the AGCO is open to engaging with Suppliers or Charities to understand the nature of those technologies and how and whether those technologies can be addressed by existing standards, either through their application or through the principles of technical integrity, security, accounting capability, and the public interest.
Suppliers must provide necessary information, training, and tools pertaining to the Electronic Raffle Systems that approval is being requested for to ensure the AGCO will be able to assess, test, and issue approval decisions without delay.
All requests for approval of Electronic Raffle Systems must adhere to the submission requirements, “AGCO Electronic Raffle Systems Submission Requirements”, including being accompanied with fully and accurately completed AGCO submission form(s). This may be most efficiently achieved by Suppliers providing their submissions electronically to the AGCO in a secure fashion, e.g. via sFTP.