March 7, 2022 Legal, Partnerships, Canada

Canadian Gaming Association, International Betting Integrity Association sign MOU

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This lays a foundation for the associations to partner in protecting both provincial and national markets.

The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). This will provide a collaboration framework for both entities to focus on betting and related integrity issues.

Both associations will work together in Ontario, as well as the greater Canadian gaming market, to protect consumers and operators from corrupt activity.

IBIA CEO Khalid Ali said: “Protecting the integrity of the betting market in Ontario, and indeed the wider Canadian market, is very important to IBIA and its members. We will be seeking to engage with a wide range of key stakeholders on betting and integrity related issues and see the CGA as a pivotal partner in the achievement of that goal.

“The CGA has been a driving force behind the evolution of regulated betting in Canada and IBIA views it as a valued and critical partner in the continued development of the sector and in placing sporting and betting integrity at the forefront of that.”

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has recently recognized the IBIA as an independent integrity monitor.

“IBIA will be one of only a handful of sports integrity monitors recognized by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for licensed operators and we believe there is great value in deepening our relationship with the organization,” said Paul Burns, President and CEO, Canadian Gaming Association. “As the CGA looks ahead to the opening of Ontario’s iGaming market and the expansion of sports betting products and services across Canada in 2022, the protection of athletes and integrity of sports betting is a key priority.”

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