2019.05.05

Ontario withdraws restrictions from the online gaming field

Ontario is soon to follow Sweden regarding online gaming. Ontario is the biggest province in Canada and it has shown indications that it might end the current ongoing online gambling monopoly. This will be done by allowing entry of private operators in the game. Currently, only Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is authorized and licensed for operating an online gambling site (PlayOLG.ca).

As per a spokesperson for the province, it was known that the decision was taken for allowing private operators for making an entry in the online gambling market so that the local economy could better reflect consumer choice. It is important to mention here that such intentions had been voiced previously as well. A number of years ago, similar plans were announced by the Quebec province, but nothing much was done for putting action to all the talk that was done. 

Ontario will not be happy with just talks

Ontario has made clear that it will begin walking on the thought path soon rather than keeping it for later. It will soon start consultations with industry stakeholders for trying to establish a regulatory system which will reflect the choices and preferences of the consumers of the province. Along with this the necessary legal safeguards will also be put in place. No additional burden will be levied on the business regarding compliance. All this was reported by a spokesperson for the province. 

The proposal comes with the provision for players to be able to purchase OLG lottery tickets right from their mobile phones with the help of designated apps. Presently players are able to do this through the official lottery website of the operator, but strangely this is not accessible from a smartphone. There are apps in smartphones, which let users access casino games. These apps have been authorized and are used frequently for quite some time now.

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