The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) independently operates under the legal authority of three corporations, all of which are not-for-profit organizations.
The Responsible Gambling Council of Canada (RGCC) is the legal entity for best practice research and evaluation activities in all jurisdictions, as well as for the delivery of responsible gambling programs and services outside of Ontario. RGCC owns the rights to all assets, programs and intellectual property which are used by all three organizations. 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. RGC(O) independently operates the Responsible Gaming Resource Centres (RGRC) at 24 gaming venues in Ontario. 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 for the RG Check 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.
The Boards of Directors for RGCC and RGC(O) are comprised of twelve members. In practice, eleven of the twelve members for RGCC and RGC(O) are the same.
The Board of Directors for RGC-P currently has three members made up of individuals who have experienced gaming problems and non-gaming professionals. These members are also members of the other two boards.
In practice, the name Responsible Gambling Council is used as an umbrella term for all Council activities.
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 base funding for the Youth Performances, Know the Score and Newscan in Ontario, along with funding for 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 Responsible Gaming Resource 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.