Ontario Regulatory Changes

 

On September 8, 2010, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced the following changes to the regulatory framework for break open ticket sales:

  • The Ontario Provincial Fee on sales of break open tickets in bingo halls operating under the Bingo Revenue Model has been eliminated.
    • Click here to download AGCO Information Bulletin 064 that explains this change.

 

  • The Ontario Provincial Fee on sales of break open tickets in Own Premises and Third Party Locations has been reduced to 4.46% of the gross proceeds per deal. The AGCO has also changed the expense model for break open ticket sales in these two markets to be based on a percentage of the win (gross revenue Ð prizes) for each deal of tickets.
    • Click here to download AGCO Information Bulletin 065 that explains these changes.

 

  • The Ontario Provincial Fee on sales of break open tickets in In-Conjunction with Bingo Events in Non-Pooling Bingo Halls and Premises Not Owned by the Licensee has been eliminated and a new expense model based on a percentage of the win (gross revenue - prizes) for each deal of tickets has been implemented.
    • Click here to download AGCO Information Bulletin 066 that explains these changes.

 

  • Click here to download a copy of the new Schedule of Expense Maximums for break open ticket sales in Third Party Locations and Own Premises that reflects the new expense model.

 

Arrow Games/Bazaar & Novelty completed the necessary changes to its invoicing procedures to charge the new Ontario Provincial Fee amounts for each of the three scenarios. As the changes to the Ontario Provincial Fee amounts are retroactive to July 1, 2010, Arrow Games/Bazaar & Novelty will be providing credits as outlined in the AGCO's communications.

If there are any questions regarding these changes, please contact:

Rick Sleaver
Director of Regulatory Affairs
Arrow Games/Bazaar & Novelty
Phone: (800) 209-8313
Email: rsleaver@arrowgames.com