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When Ontario launches its open and regulated internet gaming (igaming) market in the next few months, look for the iGaming Ontario logo to know you’re playing on a legal, authorized and regulated site that offers player protections and meets Ontario’s high standards for game integrity and responsible gambling.  

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About Us

iGaming OntarioTM is an agency of the Government of Ontario that conducts and manages internet gaming in the province when provided through private gaming operators.

Established in July 2021 as a subsidiary of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), iGaming Ontario brings the world’s best online gambling experiences to the people of Ontario in a safer environment. 

Governed by an interim Board of Directors, iGaming Ontario will enter into commercial agreements with operators who meet rigorous standards of game and operator integrity, fairness, player protections and social responsibility, allowing all players to play with confidence.

A share of revenues generated by these commercial relationships will be returned to the Government of Ontario to support provincial priorities. 

iGaming Ontario supports the Government of Ontario’s competitive igaming market objectives, which include:
1

Consumer choice

  • Introduce fair competition in the regulated internet gaming market in Ontario to improve the internet gaming experience for consumers
  • Enhance entertainment choice for consumers
  • Respond to consumer preferences
2

Consumer protection

  • Ensure safe and responsible play, and game integrity
  • Prevent underage access
  • Ensure compliance by private operators with applicable laws, including compliance with anti-money laundering rules and regulations and compliance with relevant privacy and information security laws
3

Legal market growth and provincial returns

  • Leverage private sector expertise
  • Unlock opportunities for private business
  • Address the unregulated igaming market
  • Capture provincial revenue that would otherwise flow to other jurisdictions
  • Reinvest new provincial revenue in priorities that benefit Ontario
4

Reduced red tape

  • Enable innovation and speed to market
  • Reduce regulatory burden on businesses
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iGaming Ontario’s conduct and management is independent of the AGCO’s regulatory role
iGaming Ontario also does not conduct or manage online gambling at OLG.ca, which is offered by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

 

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igaming Roadmap

iGaming Ontario is working with the Government of Ontario and the AGCO to establish a safe, open and competitive online gaming market that will help protect consumers and provide more choice while ensuring a level playing field for new businesses.  

Note: This timeline reflects estimated dates that are subject to change as plans for Ontario’s igaming market continue to progress.

1

iGaming Ontario Engagement

Summer 2021

During this period, stakeholders will be invited to share their insights and experience with iGaming Ontario as its market oversight model is developed. Register on iGaming Ontario's engagement portal today.

2

Commercial Agreement Available to Operators

Summer / Fall 2021

iGaming Ontario will make a draft commercial agreement available to interested operators.

3

Registration Opens to Operators

Summer / Fall 2021

Any igaming operators interested in participating in Ontario's regulated market will need to be registered by the AGCO registration application through the iAGCO online portal.

4

Operators Sign Commercial  Agreement

Fall 2021

Registered igaming operators who wish to be among the first group to be permitted to operate in Ontario must execute their commercial agreement with iGaming Ontario.

5

Systems
Readiness

Fall 2021

IT systems supporting the launch of the new igaming framework are built, configured and tested by the AGCO, iGaming Ontario and operators.

 

6

Launch of Ontario’s competitive igaming market!

December 2021

Registered operators that have entered into an agreement with iGaming Ontario may start offering their products and services to people in Ontario's regulated market.


iGaming Ontario and the AGCO's roles in Ontario's igaming market

iGaming Ontario is a subsidiary of AGCO. Here’s a closer look at the roles and responsibilities of each organization.

iGaming Ontario: About

Ontario provincial agency established in July 2021 as a lottery subsidiary corporation of the AGCO. Ontario is responsible for conducting and managing igaming when provided through private operators.

AGCO: About

Ontario provincial regulatory agency established in February 1998. Regulator of Ontario’s regulated igaming market.

iGaming Ontario: Governed by

iGaming Ontario Board of Directors, overseen by the AGCO Board of Directors and reporting to the Attorney General of Ontario.

AGCO: Governed by

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) Board of Directors, reporting to the Attorney General of Ontario.

iGaming Ontario: Mandate

To conduct and manage igaming in Ontario provided through regulated private igaming operators.
* iGaming Ontario does not conduct or manage online gaming at OLG.ca, which is offered by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

AGCO: Mandate

To regulate the alcohol, gaming, horse racing and private cannabis retail sectors in accordance with the principles of honesty and integrity, and in the public interest.

iGaming Ontario: Role in Ontario's regulated igaming market

  • Conduct and manage internet gaming offerings through private gaming operators in Ontario, in accordance with the Criminal Code (Canada), the GCA, and the Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming.
  • Develop, execute and oversee commercial agreements with private igaming operators, as well as the required policies, programs and procedures that balance key government objectives such as consumer protection, reduction of red tape and revenue generation.

AGCO: Role in Ontario's regulated igaming market

  • Administer the aming Control Act, 1992 (GCA) and Regulation 78/12.
  • Establish and uphold standards and requirements (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, and to all registered igaming operators and suppliers.

iGaming Ontario: Key activities

  • Execute commercial agreements with private igaming operators, once they have been registered by the AGCO, and oversee contract obligations for provision of their services in Ontario’s regulated igaming scheme.
  • Implement and oversee reconciliation of igaming revenues on behalf of the province.
  • Provide market insights and facilitate operator integration into the regulated market.
  • Implement responsible gambling requirements for operators.
  • Develop and oversee iGaming Ontario’s anti-money laundering program and policies.
  • Establish a dispute resolution process to respond to customer concerns.

AGCO: Key activities

  • Develop regulatory standards (Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming).
  • Determine eligibility and register igaming operators and gaming-related suppliers to ensure the integrity of sector participants.
  • Register independent testing labs (ITLs) that test and certify that igaming technology meets the required Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming.
  • Monitor igaming operators, suppliers and digital game offerings for compliance with regulatory obligations, including the Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming.
  • Where compliance concerns are identified, bring operators and suppliers back into compliance through the use of progressive sanctions, including warnings, suspensions, monetary penalties, and in the most serious of cases, revocations.
  • Work with igaming operators and suppliers to increase their understanding of regulatory obligations and to improve overall compliance.
  • Address regulatory complaints and inquiries, including those related to game integrity and fairness, misuse of private information, responsible gambling violations, and money laundering.

iGaming Ontario: Primary focus

Market management and contractual oversight
  • Build a leading igaming market in Ontario that is safer, open and competitive to help protect consumers and provide more choice and opportunities while creating a level playing field for new businesses through commercial contracts.
  • Ensure that government obligations regarding revenue and financial reporting are met.
  • Ensure all igaming sites operating in Ontario’s regulated igaming scheme have strong player protections and responsible gambling requirements.
  • Oversee a rigorous anti-money laundering program.

AGCO: Primary focus

Regulatory outcomes that protect the public
  • Responsible Gambling — Ensuring Responsible Gambling is embedded in Operators' culture and players have the tools and supports to gamble responsibly, including the option for self-exclusion
  • Game Integrity — Ensuring games operate as designed and are fair to players
  • Preventing infiltration of crime (including money laundering) — Ensuring criminal elements and activities are deterred and detected
  • Preventing access to minors — Ensuring underage individuals are restricted from gambling
  • Protection and security of personal information — Ensuring personal information is kept private
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iGaming Ontario is developing resources to support your igaming experience. More information will be added to this website as it becomes available.

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Telephone: 1-833-55-iGame / 1-833-554-4263 (In Canada/US only)