Pursuant to the Canadian Criminal Code, only provincial
governments may conduct and manage Internet gaming. Eight provinces
currently conduct and manage Internet gaming, the most recent of
which, Ontario, launched its Internet gaming website on January 8,
The two Canadian provinces not currently offering Internet
gaming are Alberta and Saskatchewan. Alberta, however, has recently
commenced the process of finding a service provider to enable the
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) to conduct and manage
Internet gaming in Alberta.
Alberta is Canada's fourth largest province in terms of
population and third largest province in terms of gross domestic
product. In 2012–2013, Alberta earned nearly $1.7 billion in
net gaming revenue, and at 3.99%, had the highest percentage of
provincial revenue derived from gaming.
In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, AGLC
CEO Bill Robinson stated that "too much money is being left on
the table when it comes to Internet gambling sites and Alberta
needs to cash in," and "we estimate that there's well
over $100 million that leaves Alberta [through unauthorized online
On January 22, 2015, Alberta issued a request for information
(RFI) for the provision of a Turnkey Internet Gaming Solution. The
RFI invited qualified vendors to describe their vision and approach
to the deployment of an Internet gaming solution and the delivery
of related services. AGLC's preferred solution is a turnkey
offering which includes a back-end operational platform, operations
management and support services, and game content and marketing
from multiple providers.
A primary vendor will provide the back-end platform and
operational services for "a true turnkey environment requiring
minimal intervention by the AGLC for day-to-day functions."
Other providers may provide game content and support services.
Vendor qualifications include:
a reference base of one or more
current clients, either government or private/commercial entities,
to whom the vendor has legally supplied products or services in the
Internet gaming sector for a minimum of one (1) year;
having experience in the operation of
such products or services in regulated markets in either Europe or
prior to contract execution, being
found suitable by the AGLC Due Diligence Unit and holding a gaming
registration in Alberta; and
a demonstrated operation of such
products or services for real-money wagering.
In addition to issuing the RFI, the AGLC also released answers
to questions asked by potential respondents. One such question led
AGLC to answer that it will not be prohibiting primary vendors from
integrating/delivering games from non-primary vendors if those
games are currently being offered to Alberta residents via offshore
operators. This response indicates that the AGLC may have a
tolerant attitude towards offshore operators who offer games to
The RFI closed on February 26, 2015.
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