Alberta expands control over gambling industry

Alberta expands control over gambling industry

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Alberta expands control over gambling industry

Alberta’s gambling industry is no longer solely under the control of Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis.

A bill that acknowledges that the provincial government, in addition to AGLC, has the jurisdiction to oversee and conduct gaming in the province was passed by the Alberta legislature. The Red Tape Reduction Statutes Amendment Act, or Bill 16, is a piece of legislation that modifies the provincial Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Act. It was approved by the Alberta legislature a few weeks ago after being put to a vote.

In an email to Canadian Gaming Business, press secretary for Alberta and Red Tape Reduction Minister Dale Nally Nicky Gocuan stated that

“specific amendments clarifying ministerial authority over gaming came into effect with Royal Assent.”

In short, it essentially opens the door legally for the government to enable specific, licensed third-party operators to provide gambling services and products in Wild Rose Country in addition to the AGLC’s government-run PlayAlberta online sportsbook and casino. The legislation is being considered while the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act is being reviewed by the provincial government.

Premier Danielle Smith has given Nally instructions to look at fresh possibilities for sports betting and online gaming in the province. Bill 16 affirms that the government would be able to determine how to oversee the growth of the gaming industry in Alberta.

Gocuan added:

“Going forward, we will meet with all 47 First Nations and with the six First Nation casino operators. We look forward to meeting soon and gathering their feedback on iGaming. As part of our policy development process, and our move towards a more open regulated online gaming market, Alberta’s government will continue to examine best practices from other jurisdictions, including Ontario.”

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