In Canada, gambling is heavily regulated and with licences awarded only to established casinos and certain companies. The Gaming Control Commission Ontario was the regularity body who regulated and made sure that casino gaming was conducted in the public interest by social and financially responsible agencies. The commission has since been replaced and is now the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. The new commission includes the overseeing of the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act in Ontario Canada. It is the regulatory body responsible for administering liquor licences and regulation land based and online casino gaming in Ontario.
The New Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
The Gaming Control Commission Ontario, now the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) was established in 1998 under the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996. The act gave the commission the responsibility for administering the Liquor Licence Act and the Gaming Control Act in Ontario. The agency reports to the Ministry of the Attorney General. It is responsible for administering a number of acts including the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996 (Sections 3 and 4), the Liquor Licence Act, the Gaming Control Act, 1992, the Wine Content and Labelling Act, 2000, the Liquor Control Act (Section 3(1) b, e, f, g and 3(2) a), the Charity Lottery Licensing Order in Council 1413/08 and the Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015.
Alcohol Licences and Sales
So what does this mean for the public? AGCO, formally the Gaming Control Commission Ontario can essentially be split into gaming/betting and Alcohol. Under the alcohol section, the commission is responsible for issuing of liquor licences to business for the purpose of liquor sales, ferment on premise facilities, liquor delivery service, as well as manufacturers and manufacturer’s representative. Through its inspection and investigation branch, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario works with the police to conduct liquor licence act inspections.
When it comes to gaming, AGCO, formally the Gaming Control Commission Ontario is split into charitable gaming and commercial gaming. Charitable gaming is when local charitable and religious organisations source funding by holding lottery events such as bingo, raffles, as well as the sale of break open tickets. The commission is responsible for overseeing the licencing of these events as well as registering commercial suppliers and gaming assistants for the events.
In addition to horse racing, ADCO formally known as the Gaming Control Commission Ontario is responsible for regulating the operation of land based casinos, slot machine facilities as well as internet gaming and casinos by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. The key activities for the commission include: Testing and approving slot machines and lottery systems. Approving and monitoring the control systems and surveillance systems used in casinos, slot machine facilities and online casinos. Inspecting and monitoring casinos, slot machine facilities as well as online casinos for compliance with the Gaming Control Act. Registering suppliers and casino gaming assistants. Approving rules of play as well as changes to the rules of games of chance approved by the OLG. And finally maintaining enforcement operations at all times