AGCO Releases Roadmap to a New iGaming Market in Ontario
May 20, 2021
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has released its iGaming roadmap to give users and businesses an estimated timeline for the rollout of the new market in the province.
An AGCO release notes the Government of Ontario is working with the commission and its iGaming subsidiary to establish a competitive iGaming market that fosters "an exciting gaming experience while protecting consumers and keeping Ontarians safe".
The roadmap aims to provide clarity to Ontarians and businesses on the province’s path to introducing a competitive igaming marketplace.
The timeline below is an estimate and will be updated to provide the latest changes and milestones.
1. Government Public Engagement, March to April 2021
The government launched its public engagement efforts to get input on how to establish a regulated iGaming market in Ontario.
2. Registrar’s Standards Engagement, March to April 2021
During this period, stakeholders can provide feedback on the regulatory standards and requirements for iGaming operators and suppliers.
3. Registration of Independent Testing Labs (ITL), April 2021
ITLs can begin applying for registration as Gaming-Related Suppliers as Gaming-Related Suppliers on iAGCO in order to be ready to provide services for the Ontario iGaming market.
4. Eligibility Engagement, May 2021
During this period, stakeholders provided feedback on the AGCO’s proposed approach to determining the eligibility of entities, individuals, and technology to participate in Ontario’s competitive iGaming market.
5. Compliance Engagement, Spring 2021
During this period, stakeholders can provide feedback on the AGCO’s approach to ensuring iGaming participants comply with the laws, regulations, and standards that protect the public interest.
6. Subsidiary Engagement, Spring – Summer 2021
During this period, stakeholders can provide the iGaming subsidiary with input about common and leading practices based on their knowledge and experience.
7. Regulation for the incorporation of the iGaming Subsidiary, Summer 2021
The AGCO’s iGaming subsidiary will be established as a distinct, legal entity to develop Ontario’s iGaming market and enter into commercial contracts with private operators.
8. Commercial Contract Available to Operators, Summer 2021
The iGaming subsidiary will make excepts of a draft commercial contract available to interested operators.
9. Registration Opens to Operators, Summer – Fall 2021
Interested operators can begin the registration process to operate in Ontario through the iAGCO online portal.
10. Operators Sign Commercial Contract, Fall 2021
iGaming operators that are registered with the AGCO and who wish to be among the first group to be permitted to operate in Ontario must execute their commercial contract with the iGaming subsidiary.
11. Systems Readiness Completed, Fall 2021
IT systems supporting the launch of the new iGaming framework are built, configured and tested.
12. Launch of Ontario’s competitive iGaming market, late 2021
This is when registered operators under contract with the iGaming subsidiary may start offering their products and services to Ontarians in the regulated market.
You can register on the iGaming engagement portal to provide your input to the AGCO on technical components of the framework.