Before the iGaming market opened in Ontario, the Responsible Gambling Council added another requirement that operators planning to launch their services must adhere to. The RG Check Accreditation Program is the latest addition to the terms. This addition came in a statement where the RGC also congratulated the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the government, and iGaming Ontario for their support of its efforts in promoting responsible gambling.
This program was first launched in 2010. It was the result of numerous consultations among policymakers, players, and operators who have seen/experienced the effects of gambling harm. But iGaming wasn’t a thing then. So, land-based establishments in the jurisdiction are the ones that have already used the RGC program.
The launch of Ontario’s iGaming market means new operators will enter the fray. And the program hopes to ensure they adhere to the highest possible standards around responsible gambling. The RGC said the process involved in accrediting an operator allows iGaming sites and gambling venues to evaluate, monitor as well as control aspects of the RG operations and strategy.
RGC further promised to continue working with iGO and the government when it comes to the RGC accreditation program. The council also plans on introducing further measures aimed at boosting the general responsible gambling framework in Ontario.
Tracy Parker commented on the latest requirements. The director of standards and accreditation at RGC said they are excited at the opportunity to help reduce gambling harm through the use of this program.
Parker also stated the program aims to ensure operators can monitor and assess gambling activities transparently and fairly. The official concluded by expressing confidence in the impact RGC will have in terms of improving the Ontario iGaming market.
Shelley White also added their voice to the recent additions. The RGC CEO said that the addition of the RG Check shows the government’s commitment to sustainably protecting the public. The CEO also stated the program’s priority is to establish a responsible gambling culture in Ontario. Further emphasizing the program’s capabilities, White said the program is common in several jurisdictions worldwide.
The executive director at iGaming Ontario also spoke on the partnership with the Council. Martha Otton expressed their excitement at the opportunity to enhance responsible gambling. Otton stated that the program features nine key standards. There are an additional 48 criteria that will look into measuring both the effectiveness and scope of the operators’ RG programming.