As of April 4th, 2022, private online slots and sportsbook operators that have successfully registered with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will be able to offer iGaming services to bettors in the province. Once a site obtains an AGCO license, it can legally provide online gambling services within Ontario.
Alongside this, brands wishing to launch in Ontario must also enter into an effective operating agreement with iGaming Ontario (iGO), a subsidiary of AGCO. iGaming Ontario is responsible for overseeing and controlling the Ontario iGaming industry provided through private gambling brands.
However, it’s not just online casinos, slots sites, and sportsbook operators that need to obtain a license to launch in the province. Companies involved in the manufacturing, installing, maintenance, testing, or preparing casino and slot games must also submit applications to register with the AGCO. That includes all your favourite slots and game providers, who must obtain an Internet Gaming Supplier license.
While an Internet Gaming Supplier license and an Internet Gaming Operator license may seem similar, they are two completely different types of iGaming regulation. Betting brands and games providers eager to receive either must also submit supporting documentation for each application and pay either an annual regulatory charge or an annual registration fee.