Internet Gaming Project Status

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for providers of Internet Gaming services closed on February 17, 2012 at 10:00:00 a.m. EST.

On April 12, 2013, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) issued a news release to announce that SPIELO G2 was selected as OLG's primary service provider to provide interactive casino-style games for online play including slots, video poker games and table games.

History

On August 10, 2010, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced that it would be extending its brand to Internet Gaming.

OLG continues a thorough consultation and implementation process, analyzing and enhancing best practices and security procedures adopted in other jurisdictions across Canada and in Europe. OLG will implement a strong responsible gambling program and offer increased player protections, secure transactions and data privacy.

OLG will deliver a competitive, well-managed and well-run Internet Gaming site that will meet Ontarians' expectations, and increase net profit to the Province of Ontario. OLG will offer the only Internet Gaming offering that will be regulated by the Government of Ontario.

Background

Under Section 207(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, operating betting or lottery schemes is prohibited unless exempt under specific provisions (i.e.: only the provinces or their designates may legally conduct such schemes through electronic devices). Despite these provisions, an estimated $1 billion is wagered annually by Canadians on gambling websites that are not authorized in Ontario. Of the $1 billion wagered, an estimated $400 million is spent by Ontarians.

In Canada, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Loto-Québec and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation have created authorized Internet Gaming sites.

As a Crown Agency, OLG profits are remitted to the Province of Ontario and are used for programs including health care and education. In 2010-2011, these proceeds totalled approximately $2.0 billion. The proceeds from the monies spent by Ontarians currently on Internet Gaming websites go to private companies and do not support Ontario government initiatives.

OLG's Internet Gaming site will aim for a gold standard in safe and secure Internet Gaming to protect players from risks such as problem gambling and identity or financial fraud.