At the end of July, Ontario released a draft of its sports betting regulations for public and industry feedback. Ontario has already released its standards for igaming. However, these sports betting regulations are a separate set of rules that are specific to sports betting. When they’re approved, they’ll become a part of the standards for igaming.
This early draft gives the public and industry stakeholders the chance to provide feedback on the proposed sports betting rules. It’s a critical stage that will give the Ontario government a better idea about how to achieve its goals. It wants a competitive igaming industry that’s comparable to Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. (Michigan’s strong igaming industry on Ontario’s southern border likely added additional pressure to create a competitive sports betting and igaming framework.) Based on its willingness to listen to industry professionals, it may well achieve that goal.
How To Provide Input On Ontario’s Proposed Sports Betting Rules
It took longer to find the page to provide input on Ontario’s sports betting rules than it did to write this post. To keep anyone else from having to dig through the government websites, we’ve provided the steps to give Ontario’s government feedback on its proposed sports betting rules:
- Go to the Future of Internet Gaming page on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario website. Then scroll down to the input opportunities section.
- Click the link to register for Ontario’s igaming portal. Fill out the information, then wait. There’s a delay between account creation and access to the sports betting regulations.
- Once access is granted, go to the AGCO igaming tab. The proposed sports betting rules are downloadable from this page. The link to provide feedback is also available on this page.
Accessing the sports betting rules and providing feedback is an involved process. But anyone who wants an early look at how Ontario will create a competitive sports betting industry should take a look at this early draft.