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A Coalition Pushes for a Regulated Online Market in Quebec

Karen Newport 20 July 2023 - 14:57:25
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The coalition includes eight betting and gaming giants whose aim is to push the setting of a regulated online market in Québec.

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Flutter and DraftKings are Joining Forces

Industry giants such as Flutter and DraftKings are joining forces to fulfill their common goal of launching the Quebec Online Gaming Coalition (QOGC). The newly created organization wants to use Ontario as a model for establishing a regulated iGaming market in Quebec.

Flutter expressed the view that the commitment that the QOGC has made since its foundation is to work hard with the Quebec government and local stakeholders 'to develop a new regulatory framework for the online gaming industry'. At the moment, Loto-Québec's Mise-o-jeu online sportsbook is the only one through which the legal sports betting market operates.

In the event that the local government gives the green light for iGaming expansion and opening up the market to private companies, it will have a major impact on the development of the Canadian gambling industry. The reason lies in the fact that Quebec is the second largest province in Canada, whose population equals approximately 8.7 million inhabitants.

Statement from Flutter

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In an official statement, Flutter said that ‘based on a new licensing regime for qualified private operators’ the QOGC will seek to address increasing concerns about consumer safety, responsible gaming, advertising, and increasing government revenue.

And added that the company will become one of the members ‘promoting the benefits for the Government of Québec to create an independent regulatory body that will establish standardized controls on responsible gaming to protect vulnerable and underage players’.

In addition, the QOGC is committed to assisting the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et Culture in studying gaming behavior, as well as ways in which the coalition ‘can protect and provide a safe and responsible gaming experience for Quebecers’.

Flutter stated that ‘The coalition would like to build on the Ontario model of online gaming regulation, which was successfully developed in collaboration with iGaming Ontario (IGO), the Government of Ontario and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and requires private online gaming operators to obtain a license in order to access to the Ontarian market’.

The coalition is formed by eight leading online operators: Apricot Investments, Betway, Bet99, DraftKings, Entain, Flutter, Games Global, and Rush Street Interactive. One of the reasons it officially stated for its creation is the study conducted by Leger Marketing recently. According to it, 2/3 (66%) of respondents support the regulation of private operators, which should be implemented through the establishment of a licensing and tax system. At the same time, 71% of Quebecers support the proposition that private online gaming operators cannot be blocked by the government.

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