AGCO Releases Gambling Notification Matrix For New Market

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on November 5, 2021
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Operators and suppliers with their eyes on Ontario have a better understanding of their responsibilities around regulatory reporting today. The clarity comes after the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) released its Notification Matrix. 

The document, shared this week, specifies situations where operators and gaming-related suppliers must notify the AGCO of any events.

When to notify the AGCO

AGCO’s Notification Matrix document contains information about the frequency and timeframe for submitting notifications to the regulator. It also breaks down what information is required and how to submit data.

The Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming require these proactive notifications.

If an operator or supplier finds suspicious activity or problems with the integrity or security of their gaming system, they must notify the AGCO.

Potential issues could include a breach of personal information, attempts at play from out of jurisdiction or similar.

Waiting for Q1 of 2022 

Use of the notification matrix will take effect with the launch of Ontario’s regulated gambling market

Initially expected to launch this December, recently industry insiders have indicated an early 2022 launch is more likely. Though so far, no delay is confirmed.

Until then, the only gambling authorized in the province is via OLG’s PROLINE+, additional apps and web-based platforms.

The Ontario government and gaming regulators have been working closely to establish a competitive gambling market. Their priority is to allow private online casinos and sportsbooks to operate legally in the province.

An infographic recently released by AGCO and its subsidiary, iGaming Ontario, better defines the roles and responsibilities of the two agencies.

The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) will continue to support AGCO and iGaming Ontario to finalize material for the market opening.

Registered operators looking to offer products in Ontario must execute a commercial agreement with iGaming Ontario. Those that have agreed in time can expect to launch in tandem with the new market.

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Katarina is a Toronto-based online gambling writer who holds a master's degree in journalism. Before joining PlayCanada, she was part of the AskGamblers crew where she reported about the world of online casinos and interviewed numerous iGaming experts. Being in the industry for 5 years, she became an expert in online slots.

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