Quebec is working to promote regulations on online gambling while also defending local perceptions. iGaming operators have joined efforts to create a Quebec online gaming coalition that will become an industry-led organization dedicated to working with local governments and stakeholders to build a new regulatory framework for online gambling.
In addition to drawing up a new regulatory framework for the province’s iGaming industry, the Union will also be tasked with addressing growing alerts regarding consumer safety, responsible play and advertising. The goal is also to increase revenue based on a new licensing scheme for qualified third-party operators in the industry.
In response to a survey conducted by Leger Marketing, the Quebec Online Gaming Federation found that two-thirds or 66% of respondents were in favor of regulating private iGaming operators through licensing and taxes. It also found that 71% of local residents believe the province cannot constrain private operators conducting businesses online.
Members of the Union will promote benefits to local governments to establish independent regulatory bodies that will create standardized controls on responsible play to protect vulnerable and underage individuals. Members will also be committed to contributing to the Quebec Social and Cultural Foundation, so the latter can resume game behavior research and protect consumers.
In a 2014 report, the Online Gambling Task Force, chaired by Dr. Louis Nado, who accompanied other leaders in online and responsible gambling, urged local governments to launch a new regulatory regime. The new model would have been based on a licensing framework aimed at private operators.
The report’s recommendations are drawn from good global practices that enable private operators to provide responsible and secure online gambling under local government regulatory oversight. However, the reports and plans were discarded by the previous administration, thus allowing Ontario to lead Canada’s iGaming Revolution.
In April, Ontario opened its online gambling sector to third-party operators for the first time in Canada, and the state is already receiving compensation. In the first 12 months of regulated online gambling, Ontario reported C$35.6 billion in batch bets and brought in C$1.4 billion in revenue. So we put jurisdiction in the top five iGaming states on the continent.
However, with the increase in iGaming options and advertising, people in the province are worried about its potential impact on children. That’s why Ontario’s Alcohol and Game Commission has proposed banning sports stars from appearing in betting ads. This is due to the fact that celebrities are idolized by young demographics and this can be bad news.