Advocacy – Canadian Gaming Affiliation

Advocacy is essential work for the Canadian Gaming Affiliation (CGA), because the CGA’s efforts have helped to form public coverage and broaden entry to gaming, whereas pushing again in opposition to misinformation that too typically seems within the media. The CGA’s goal is to encourage applicable regulatory reform and modernization to satisfy the altering wants of Canada’s gaming business by way of session with stakeholders to determine problems with frequent curiosity.

  1. Analysis

The CGA invests in quite a lot of analysis to make sure that present and factual data is accessible and simply sharable. Right here you will discover reality sheets, reviews, proprietary research, and infographics masking a variety of matters from the financial affect of the Canadian gaming business to the attitudes of leaders who’ve opened casinos of their communities.

  1. Coverage Positions

The CGA acts as a useful resource to the business with its advocacy efforts. Coverage positions are recognized primarily based on discussions with stakeholders to determine points that may profit a number of provinces and/or lottery companies. Single-event sports activities wagering is a latest instance of the CGA advocating with the federal authorities on legislative points affecting the business.

Different latest coverage positions that the CGA has been concerned with embrace:

  • Resolving a doubtlessly restrictive proposal from the Tv Bureau of Canada regarding gaming promoting pointers;
  • Defeating a invoice in Parliament that may have restricted gaming units to amenities of a sure (and bigger) measurement; and
  • Assembly with senior federal Division of Finance officers and making written submissions relating to proposed amendments to the Proceeds of Crime (Cash Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act because it pertains to casinos, and testifying earlier than a Senate Committee on the topic.

Single-Occasion Sports activities Wagering

Invoice C-290

Invoice C-290 – An Act to Amend the Felony Code (Sports activities Betting) – was launched into the Home of Commons on September 28, 2011 by Joe Comartin, M.P. for Windsor Tecumseh.

On November 1, 2011, C-290 was debated at second studying, with quite a few speeches from members of all events, and was referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Following a evaluation by the Committee on February 16, 2012, the invoice was reported again to the Home of Commons on February 27, 2012.

Third studying debate was held on March 2, 2012. Once more, with help from all events, the invoice was handed and referred on to the Senate.

Launched within the Senate solely 4 days later, on March 6, 2012, C-290 was debated at second studying on Might 16, 2012, and referred to the Standing Committee on Authorized and Constitutional Affairs.

Committee hearings started on October 4, 2012. After 5 conferences of the committee, with 21 witnesses showing and 27 written submissions acquired, the Committee referred the invoice again to the Senate for third studying on November 8, 2012.

Following prorogation of the Home of Commons, Invoice C-290 was re-introduced within the Senate in fall 2013 and was then referred again to the Standing Committee on Authorized and Constitutional Affairs.

9 provincial governments supported Invoice C-290. The Federal Minister of Justice acquired letters from the governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, requesting that the Felony Code be amended to allow single-event sports activities wagering. The provinces of Quebec, PEI, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have additionally indicated help for the modification.

Invoice C-290 additionally earned widespread help from provincial gaming regulators and operators, municipal governments, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Labour Council, and the Canadian Soccer Affiliation.

Bob Runciman, a Conservative Senator who revived the invoice in June 2014, advised senators that they had been appearing undemocratically. The invoice started one other journey towards a vote.

Regardless of this, by September 2014 Invoice C-290 had stalled within the Senate. As famous in The Globe and Mail, it was “a uncommon instance of pushback from an unelected physique believed by no means to have blocked a regulation supported by all events.”

Invoice C-290 was left to languish in a Senate committee and was by no means referred again to the Senate for additional debate.

By June 30, 2015, it was over. The senators hadn’t bothered to do something with the invoice earlier than they rose for the summer season, successfully killing C-290. Any invoice that didn’t move died on the order paper, as Parliament dissolved for the autumn election earlier than the Senate returned to sit down.

Inside 9 months, one other try was made.

Invoice C-221

In April 2016, Brian Masse, NDP MP for Windsor West, championed Invoice C-221, The Secure and Regulated Sports activities Betting Act, proposing to permit provinces and territories the choice to permit wagering on “any race or struggle, or on a single sports activities occasion or athletic contest.” Like Invoice C-290, Invoice C-221 was defeated in September 2016 by a vote of 156-133 at second studying within the Home of Commons.

Single-event sports activities wagering in Canada is estimated to be roughly $14 billion per yr, nonetheless solely a small portion of that income ($450 million) is wagered by way of provincial sports activities lottery merchandise. Because of this Canadians are more and more wagering by way of offshore sports activities books or turning to unlawful bookmakers. The CGA has contested that regardless of the existence of parlay-style sports activities wagering, present restrictions on single-event sports activities wagering haven’t saved tempo with the evolution of the sports activities business, know-how, or the urge for food of sports activities bettors.

The demise of each Invoice C-290 and Invoice C-221 signifies that the present parlay system stays in place.

Invoice C-218

The Secure and Regulated Sports activities Betting Act was launched in Parliament on February 25, 2020 as a Personal Member’s Invoice by Kevin Waugh, MP for Saskatoon-Grasswood. The Invoice will search to amend the Felony Code to make it authorized to guess on the end result of a single sporting occasion.

Consultants in accountable playing, regulation enforcement, and beginner sport all imagine that bringing regulatory oversight and management to sports activities wagering is one of the best ways to guard folks, athletes, and the integrity of the video games.

The Canadian Gaming Affiliation totally helps this Invoice and the efforts of federal MPs to make change occur. We’ll proceed to offer updates because the Invoice makes its method by way of debates.

ALC Supreme Courtroom of Canada Attraction

In early December, the CGA attended the arguments introduced earlier than the Supreme Courtroom of Canada enchantment in Atlantic Lottery Company Inc. v. Babstock.  The CGA was represented by McCarthy Tetrault LLP.

The Atlantic Lottery enchantment entails a category motion which alleges that ALC should disgorge the earnings it has earned from its video lottery terminals on the speculation that they violate the prohibition on three-card monte of the Felony Code and should not exempted by its conduct and handle energy.

A abstract of the case is accessible right here.

A choice is anticipated in roughly six months, which might be Might-June 2020.

Anti-Cash Laundering and the Cullen Fee

The Cullen Fee of Inquiry into Cash Laundering in BC was launched by the provincial authorities to look at the extent, progress, evolution and strategies of cash laundering in varied sectors comparable to gaming and horse racing, actual property, monetary providers, luxurious items {and professional} providers together with authorized and accounting. The CGA made the choice to hunt and was granted standing to make sure the gaming business is evaluated and regarded in truthful and factual method.

The work of the Fee will straight have an effect on the pursuits of the CGA and its members, because the Fee’s Phrases of Reference empower the Fee in Part (2)(a)  “to make suggestions the fee considers crucial and advisable, together with suggestions respecting the next: i. the regulation of [gaming and horse racing]”.

The CGA by way of its submission has outlined the Canadian gaming business’s dedication to AML finest practices, steady enchancment together with the examination of rising applied sciences, and learnings from jurisdictions outdoors of Canada.

We will probably be working with our members and business companions to make sure the Fee has the absolute best data as they consider suggestions which have an effect on our business.

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