Alcohol and Gaming Commission Matters

Members of the gaming industry are often facing legal challenges as well as having to deal with complex statutes, regulations and rules administered by the Provincial Government of Ontario. Worsoff Law Firm has represented numerous establishments with obtaining a liquor license, increasing the hours of alcohol service and staving off suspensions and revocations by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (“AGCO”). Worsoff Law firm understands how to navigate through such complexities.

Having a violation under the Liquor License Act can have financial and criminal consequences for businesses and business owners. Penalties vary from serious fines to extended license suspensions. Worsoff Law firm will provide you with the best legal advice in a quick, economical and cost-effective manner.

Specific laws, administered by the AGCO, include:

  • Liquor License Act
  • Gaming Control Act, 1992
  • Wine Content and Labeling Act, 2000
  • Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996 (ss.3 and 4)
  • Liquor Control Act (part of section 3)
  • Charity Lottery Licensing Order in Council 1413/08

The Criminal Code of Canada allows provincial governments to set gaming regulations.

Liquor License Act (LLA) covers most aspects of Ontario’s beverage alcohol laws. They include regulating and licensing: liquor sales licenses, ferment on premise facility licenses, liquor delivery service, manufacturing license and manufacturer’s representative licenses.

The AGCO is also responsible for overseeing the administration of Special Occasion Permit (SOPs). This agency regulates the operation of casinos, slot machines, facilities and internet gaming operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and the sale of commercial lottery tickets.

The conduct, managing and operation of gaming sites, lottery, schemes and businesses related to a gaming site or a lottery scheme are regulated by standards and requirements authorized by the Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming under the Gaming Control Act, 1992 (GCA).


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