The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is a Provincial agency, established February 23, 1998 under the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996. The Act gave the AGCO responsibility for the administration of the Liquor Licence Act and the Gaming Control Act, 1992. Complementary legislative amendments eliminated the Gaming Control Commission and the Liquor Licence Board of Ontario. On April 1, 2016, the AGCO assumed responsibility for regulating horse racing in Ontario under the Horse Racing Licence Act passed in December 2015.
The AGCO is a regulatory agency that reports to the Ministry of the Attorney General, and is responsible for the administration of the following:
- Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996 (Sections 3 and 4)
- Liquor Licence Act
- Gaming Control Act, 1992
- Wine Content and Labelling Act, 2000
- Liquor Control Act (Section 3(1)b, e, f, g and 3(2)a)
- Charity Lottery Licensing Order in Council 1413/08
- Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015
Copies of statutes and regulations can be obtained from the ServiceOntario Location at 777 Bay Street (College Park Building), Market Level, Suite M212, Toronto, Ontario. To order copies by mail, call: 1-800-668-9938 (toll-free in Ontario), Toronto 416-326-5300 or visit their web site at ServiceOntario Publications.
A leader in the alcohol, gaming and horse racing sectors through effective regulation and services that are fair, responsive and in the broader public interest.
To regulate the alcohol, gaming and horse racing sectors in accordance with the principles of honesty and integrity, and in the public interest.
The AGCO commits to conducting business in a manner that will:
- Develop, implement and enforce fair policies and procedures.
- Establish a framework of critical regulatory controls in the public interest that are sensitive to the economic viability of the alcohol, gaming and horse racing industries.
- Be client focused in the way we respond to and manage client and stakeholder needs.
- Educate clients and stakeholders and develop partnerships.
- Create a supportive work environment that respects and values AGCO staff contributions and provides them with opportunities for growth and professional achievement.
The AGCO, established February 23, 1998, assumed responsibility for the administration of legislation previously administered by the Liquor Licence Board of Ontario and the Gaming Control Commission. On April 1, 2016, the AGCO assumed responsibility for regulating horse racing in Ontario under the Horse Racing Licence Act passed in December 2015.
Liquor Licence Board of Ontario: Established in 1947 under the Liquor Licence Act, the Liquor Licence Board of Ontario was responsible for regulating the sale, service and consumption of beverage alcohol in Ontario to promote moderation and responsible use.
Gaming Control Commission (GCC): The GCC was established under the Gaming Control Act in 1994. The GCC was responsible for the regulation of charitable and casino gaming, for ensuring that those people and companies involved in casino and charitable gaming satisfy high standards of honesty, integrity and financial responsibility, and that games of chance are conducted fairly.
Ontario Racing Commission: Originally established in 1950 under the Racing Commission Act, the Ontario Racing Commission was responsible for regulating the horse racing industry in the public interest and in accordance with the principles of honesty and integrity, and social responsibility. In 2000 the Government of Ontario passed new legislation called the Racing Commission Act, 2000. The Act converted the Ontario Racing Commission to a self-financing regulatory agency with a Governing Board.