The RG Check program is one that's already being used by land-based casinos in Ontario will now make it a requirement for all new iGaming operators entering the Ontario market. The official launch date for these guidelines is April 4, 2022.
The program itself was officially launched in 2010 by the Responsible Gaming Council. The RGC collaborated with policymakers, operators, players, and people with experiences of gambling harm.
What the RG Check accreditation process does is help venues and iGaming sites evaluate, monitor, and manage all aspects of their responsible gaming strategy and operations.
Shelley White, CEO of the Responsible Gaming Council, said: "RG Check is a clear and tangible signal of the government's commitment to making public protection and sustainable play a priority and a key part of creating a culture of responsible gambling here in Ontario."
She continued: "RG Check is a leading responsible gambling accreditation that is used by jurisdictions around the world. The RG Check symbol is a demonstration to all that the operator is committed to and has strong gambling safeguards in place."
Executive Director of iGaming Ontario, Martha Otton, had this to say: "The RG Check program is comprised of nine standards and 48 criteria that measure the scope and effectiveness of operators' RG programming in areas such as site and product design, marketing communications and assisting players who may be experiencing harm from gambling. This allows Ontarians to play with confidence."
iGaming Ontario is also working with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Gaming operators that are registered by the AGCO and have an operating agreement with iGO can offer games to players in Ontario on behalf of the province.
The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling prevention.