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 2022.

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 CGA Updates as well as through the Canadian Gaming Business eNews issued by SBC.

CGA Events

The CGA’s networking receptions at G2E and ICE are among the most popular and sought-after invitations of these conferences. We returned 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 forced us to pivot to online platforms and we launched CGA webinars to tide us over. Happily we able to safely gather in person in late 2021, and in 2022, the Canadian Gaming Summit was held in Toronto and the [email protected] reception roared back in Las Vegas. SBC has since bought the Summit (which includes Canadian Gaming Business magazine, eNews, and the [email protected] reception). The Summit will return to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in June 2023.

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 focus for 2021 and 2022 was the successful legalization of sports betting (you can read more below) and the launch of Ontario's iGaming market.

Sports Betting

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. As of August 27, 2021, Canadians had legal access to 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

On April 4, 2022, Ontario's iGaming market opened. There is still work to do and the CGA will be an integral part of the AGCO’s and government’s process to ensure the market grows and succeeds.

Cashless Gaming

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 moved on to sport and event wagering standards in 2021 given the legalization of single-event sports wagering, and in 2022 a sub-committee was created to provide feedback on federal AML legislation.

2021 CGA Membership Brochure

Membership Fees

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:

  • Online casinos, poker & sportsbooks
  • Land-based casinos, racetracks, gaming centres & sportsbooks
$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:

  • Suppliers of gaming-related services & land-based gaming systems, machines & tables
  • Online suppliers of platforms, systems & games
$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:

  • Food & beverage
  • Suppliers uniforms
  • Entertainment
  • Hotel supplies
  • Facility equipment and services