Ontario PC Government Proposes Online Gambling Changes

Published Friday, April 12, 2019 - Online-Casinos.com
Ontario PC Government Proposes Online Gambling Changes
The largest jurisdiction in Canada is the province of Ontario with a population of 14.32 million has just been handed a new agenda regarding online gambling regulations. The recent budget from the Progressive Conservative government is engaging the public with more money for horse racing and now new rules for online gambling. Doug Ford, the bother of the former mayor of Toronto a notorious personality that was famous for his crack smoking antics is now the Premiere of the entire province. The province currently has a single locally authorized online gambling site, PlayOLG.ca, operated by the province’s Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation. The plan for Ontario’s gamblers is to “establish a competitive market for online legal gambling that will reflect consumer choice” by allowing private online operators to apply for licenses to operate in Ontario. Ontario wants to consult with industry stakeholders before establishing a regulatory system that “reflects consumer preferences, fosters an exciting gaming experience and minimizes the burden on business while ensuring appropriate protections are in place.” It has been suggested that Ontario’s open for business attitude is spilling over in the entertainment industry where the provincial government has the intent of making it a destination for gamblers and alcohol drinkers. Currently as much as CA$500 million on an annual basis goes to other destinations to make a wager such as the USA and offshore web locations. The Canadian Gaming Association is welcomed the news pointing out that this would mean that players would be more adequately protected. The budget also calls for Ontarians to be able to purchase OLG lottery products using smart phones. PlayOLG currently has a mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices and, while it does offer casino games, it does not permit lottery ticket sales although the website does. The budget also includes plans to allow OLG’s lottery terminals to allow “more interactive gaming experiences,” Under current law provincial gambling monopolies are limited to parlay betting products by federal legislation.

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