Alberta regulators want piece of online gambling pie

Canadian gambling newsIn its bid to stay relevant and offer safe gaming options to punters, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) has recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a contractor to provide online gaming services.

Last Wednesday, AGLC spokesperson Angelle Sasseville noted in an email statement, “The lack of an online gambling presence puts Albertans at risk as offshore, unregulated sites do not provide any tools for responsible play.”


The avert that, the AGLC on January 17 issued an RFP that stated: “Offering Albertans access to . . . an online gambling presence will assist the AGLC in sustaining long-term revenue by providing gaming entertainment through a new channel that ultimately responds to consumer and entertainment trends.”

If they succeed in offering online games, it will prevent minors from gambling and ensure winnings get into the hands of punters who will be able to play responsibly.

The email stated, “The internet site could be effectively used to promote healthy gambling behavior, educate consumers, and help players manage their play behavior through informed choice.”

The AGLC will offer staples like online casino games, poker, bingo and lotteries.

Developing an online platform would also safeguard gaming revenue, which currently stands at $1.4 billion.

This is not the first time the AGLC has pursued an online gambling contractor. Four years ago, similar attempts were made under the then PC-government but ended abruptly.

If it has succeeded, the government could have earned a projected $75 million in revenue at a period when deficits were rising coupled with an oil downturn.

“Today, over $350M is wagered by Albertans on unregulated gambling websites,” said Ms Sasseville.

“However, it is difficult to forecast impacts to revenue at this moment.”

Potential contractors have to submit proposals by February 28 at the latest, with the successful applicant to be selected in June.