The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) is a national trade association that represents leading operators and suppliers in Canada’s gaming, sports betting, eSports, and lottery industries - a full spectrum of companies from land-based and online casino operators to providers of global premium sports, eSports, and game content and technology.
Working with Industry Stakeholders
The CGA’s advocacy efforts have always involved creating productive dialogues with stakeholders to address issues of common cause. The association’s cooperation and collaboration with provincial gaming corporations, regulators and governments across Canada are to ensure we open avenues for industry growth, innovation and investment. We are also a voice in the media to raise awareness of the benefits of our industry and how we contribute to communities where we operate. This work is ongoing in 2021.
Promoting Canada's Gaming Industry
The CGA is committed to helping stimulate innovation in the gaming industry by creating opportunities to showcase, promote and advance new products and ideas, both in Canada and worldwide. After all, Canada offers a significant competitive advantage to gaming companies, from tax credits and a favourable tax climate, to exceptionally skilled and multi-lingual talent, to innovative technology and its developers. We don’t miss a chance to promote these benefits.
Get to Know Gaming Canada & CGA Updates
CGA also believes that open lines of communication between all industry stakeholders is paramount in growing the industry and increasing public acceptance of gaming. We launched Get to Know Gaming Canada and CGA Updates in 2019 and these vehicles went into high use during 2020 to ensure that members had access to the latest information on government assistance as well as progress on Ontario iGaming and sports betting legislation. We also profile industry news and members in the bi-weekly eNews and on the Canadian Gaming Business website.
The CGA’s networking receptions at G2E and ICE are among the most popular and sought-after invitations of these conferences. We were able to return to ICE in 2020 with an event at Canada House to discuss the upcoming iGaming model in Ontario and why Canada is a great place to do business, however COVID restrictions have now forced us to pivot to online platforms. We launched CGA webinars and will continue to offer them in 2021 (watch for our Summit Series) as we expect lots of news and information on Ontario iGaming and single-event sports betting. We hope to return to face-to-face networking later in 2021.
Our Advocacy Work
The CGA defines its advocacy priorities through consultation with members and stakeholders and continuously strengthens relationships with provincial crown agencies, regulators, and key federal government stakeholders. The CGA actively works to represent industry viewpoints on behalf of our members as the association develops alliances and strategies to respond to specific circumstances.
2020 was a challenging year for our industry however the CGA made significant progress on all of its initiatives, starting with our COVID-19 advocacy on behalf of our members and the Canadian gaming industry. You can read more about what we accomplished here.
The CGA’s ongoing pursuit of a legislative amendment to permit single-event wagering will finally be realized in 2021. For the third successive Parliament, CGA’s efforts saw the introduction of Bill C-218, sponsored by Kevin Waugh, MP for Saskatoon-Grasswood, at the beginning of 2020.
The CGA’s work to build a broad coalition of support for the initiative with labour, business, and sport and community organizations has kept the issue on the legislative agenda and earned Bill C-218 all-party support in the House of Commons. It arrived in the Senate in early June 2021 and was passed without amendment at Third Reading on June 21, 2021. Canada will soon have single-event sport wagering and it will be a powerful tool to help the industry emerge from the impacts of COVID-19.
iGaming in Ontario
The CGA continues to support the AGCO and government of Ontario as they move ahead with a licensing model to make internet gambling (iGaming) a reality in the province, and to ensure that the people of Ontario have access to safe and legal gambling options online. There is much work to do and the CGA will be an integral part of the AGCO’s and government’s consultation process to help drive the initiative forward.
The CGA’s Regulatory Innovation Committee developed regulatory standards for cashless wagering in land-based Canadian casinos in 2020 which are now available for implementation across Canada. The committee was created as a platform for industry and gaming regulators to engage in two key areas: the adoption and utilization of emerging technologies; and on regulatory initiatives in the areas of harmonization and operational efficiency. It includes a cross section of gaming industry representatives working with provincial gaming regulators and subject matter experts.
The Regulatory Innovation Committee has moved on to sport and event wagering standards in 2021 given the legalization of single-event sports wagering.
|GAMING OPERATORS - Casino / Online / Horseracing / Land-Based & Online Casinos / Sportsbook / Racetrack|
|Annual Fee-CDN Dollars||Basis of Dues - Global Gross Gaming Revenue|
|$50,000||Greater Than $1 Billion||Includes:
|$40,000||$500 Million to $999 Million|
|$30,000||$250 Million to $499 Million|
|$25,000||Less Than $250 Million|
|$25,000||B2C Sportsbook Operators|
|GAMING SUPPLIERS - Gaming Related Equipment & Services|
|Annual Fee-CDN Dollars||Basis of Dues - Global Annual Revenue|
|Greater Than $750 Million||Includes:
|$250 Million to $749 Million|
|$50 Million to $249 Million|
|Less Than $50 Million|
|Test Labs, Affiliates, Compliance & Regulatory Technology|
|Annual Fee-CDN Dollars||Membership Type|
|Financial Institutions, Payment Services & Technology Providers|
|Law Firms & Consulting & Professional Services|
|Non-Gaming B2B Vendor
Business types include: