RG Check Accreditation required for operators in Ontario

The Ontario market opens on April 4.
The Ontario market opens on April 4.

The Responsible Gambling Council has announced that its programme has been added to the requirements for all igaming operators entering the Canadian province market.

Canada.- The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) has announced that its RG Check Accreditation has been added to the requirements for all igaming operators entering the Ontario market, which opens on April 4.

Used by casinos in Ontario, the RG Check programme aims to ensure high standards of responsible gambling maintained for new igaming operators. The process helps gambling venues and igaming sites evaluate, monitor and manage all aspects of their RG strategy and operations.

Shelley White, CEO of RGC, said: “RG Check is a clear and tangible signal of the government’s commitment to making public protection and sustainable play a priority and a key part of creating a culture of responsible gambling here in Ontario.

“RG Check is a leading responsible gambling accreditation that is used by jurisdictions around the world. The RG Check symbol is a demonstration to all that the operator is committed to and has strong gambling safeguards in place.”

Tracy Parker, director, standards and accreditation, RGC, added: “The RG Check team is excited to make a contribution to a comprehensive RG framework with clear, evidence-based and impactful player protection measures that minimize potential harms associated with gambling.

“A consistent accreditation program for all operators will help ensure a common approach to monitoring and assessment and provide a fair and transparent process. The collaborative approach of RG Check will help support continuous improvement in Ontario.”

Martha Otton, executive director of igaming Ontario, commented: “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with RGC on this initiative. The RG Check program is comprised of nine standards and 48 criteria that measure the scope and effectiveness of operators’ RG programming in areas such as site and product design, marketing communications and assisting players who may be experiencing harm from gambling. This allows Ontarians to play with confidence.”

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In order to qualify for Google ads, sports betting operators in Ontario must first be certified by the Internet company in a process that will require them to present their gambling licences. iGaming Ontario, a subsidiary of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), manages licensing and internet gaming provided by private gaming companies.

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