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AGCO Charitable Gaming Update: Expanded Payment Options for Paper-Based Bingo Facilities

July 2020 – In line with our commitment to supporting the Charitable Gaming sector, the AGCO will now permit the acceptance of credit cards, as well as debit cards, for charitable gaming transactions at paper-based bingo facilities, on a temporary basis during the pandemic. This was an industry suggestion and is intended to provide some optional flexibility for paper-based bingo facilities in the interim, while also supporting public health measures. This flexibility is effective immediately to support plans for reopening.

Sandy's Law sign must be visible in all areas where alcohol is sold and served, including patios

As the Government of Ontario continues to allow more regions to enter Stage 2 of reopening, the AGCO would like to remind those liquor sales licensees who are permitted to open, that in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria to temporarily extend an existing patio or open a new one, licensees are also required to comply with all other existing requirements under the Liquor Pe

Charitable Gaming update: Flexibility in Bingo Revenue Model Licences while facilities are closed to the public due to COVID-19

June 2020 – In response to requests from the charitable gaming sector, the AGCO has increased flexibility for Bingo Revenue Model licensees wanting to run a media bingo while facilities are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once approved, Hall Charity Associations together with bingo hall operators can proceed with a media bingo game under their Bingo Revenue Model lottery licence.

Understanding the AGCO’s Temporary Amendments to the Qualifying Rules for Standardbred Horses

To prepare for the return to racing, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is actively reviewing Ontario’s horse racing rules and regulations to ensure responsible measures are taken to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Of these, several temporary rule changes are being introduced with the aim of reducing the number of horses that are required to qualify. 

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