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Who is RGC?

The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling prevention.

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Governance

The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) independently operates under the legal authority of three corporations, all of which are non-profit organizations with their own board of directors. Board members include individuals who have experienced gambling problems, treatment providers, gaming operator executives and/ or professionals in non-gaming industries from across Canada. 

In practice, the name Responsible Gambling Council is used as an umbrella term for all Council activities. 

The Responsible Gambling Council of Canada (RGCC) is the legal entity for research and evaluation activities in all jurisdictions, as well as for the delivery of programs and services outside of Ontario. It is incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act and has charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency. 

The Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario) is the legal entity that delivers programs and services in Ontario funded through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and that operates the annual Discovery conference. RGC(O) also independently operates the PlaySmart Centres in Ontario, with funding from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). It is incorporated under the Ontario Corporations Act and has charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency. 

The Responsible Gambling Council-Prevention (RGC-P) is the legal entity that delivers the RGCheck accreditation program. It is incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act.

Each organization is accountable to a separate Board of Directors. The Boards are made up of individuals from across Canada and include individuals who have experienced gaming problems, treatment providers, gaming operator executives, gaming regulators and professionals in non-gaming industries. 

Funding and Affiliations

The Responsible Gambling Council is an independent organization that receives funding for the delivery of its programs, projects and research across Canada.

The Ontario government commits two per cent of annual slot revenue from charity casinos and racetracks to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling. RGC's funding for the Game Brain, Know the Score and Newscan, along with Problem Gambling Prevention Week and social marketing campaigns, is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Funding for the independent operations of the PlaySmart Centres is provided by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. RGC undertakes programs, research and evaluations for other entities across all jurisdictions in Canada, funded on a project basis.