Ontario adds RGC responsible gambling accreditation to licence requirements

| By Robert Fletcher
The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) has announced that its RG Check Accreditation Programme has been added as a requirement for licensed igaming operators in Ontario.

Originally developed by the RGC in 2010, RG Check helps gambling venues and igaming sites evaluate, monitor and manage all aspects of their responsible gambling strategy and operations.

The program is already in use at land-based casinos across the Canadian province.

The decision to include RG Check as a requirement was made by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and its iGaming Ontario subsidiary, which will oversee the regulated igaming market when it launches on 4 April

“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,” iGaming Ontario executive director Martha Otton said.

“This allows Ontarians to play with confidence.”

RGC chief executives Shelley White added: “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.”

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