RGC Governance

The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) operates independently under the legal authority of two corporations, one is a Canadian non-profit organization, and one is an Ontario charity. Each corporation has 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. The composition of the Board of Directors is also diverse, reflecting RGC’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion policy, and the organization’s values and goals.

In practice,

the name Responsible Gambling Council (RGC)
is used as an umbrella term for all activities.

The Responsible Gambling Council of Canada (RGCC) is the parent company and 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 also delivers the RG Check Accreditation Program for land-based and online, and RG Plus Inc. (RG+) our advisory services which provides services globally, across all lines of business including sports and race betting, online betting and gambling, lottery retail and venue-based operations like casinos, pubs, and clubs. RGCC is incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act.

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 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.

Each organization is accountable to a separate Board of Directors.

  • Registered Charities

    Registered charities are charitable organizations, public foundations, or private foundations that are created and reside in Canada. They must use their resources for charitable activities and have charitable purposes that fall into one or more of the following categories:

    • The relief of poverty
    • The advancement of education
    • The advancement of religion
    • Other purposes that benefit the community

    Some examples of registered charities under each of the four categories:

    • Relief of poverty (food banks, soup kitchens, and low-cost housing units)
    • Advancement of education (colleges, universities, and research institutes)
    • Advancement of religion (places of worship and missionary organizations)
    • Purposes beneficial to the community (animal shelters, libraries, and volunteer fire departments)
  • Non-Profit Organizations

    Non-profit organizations are associations, clubs, or societies that are not charities and are organized and operated exclusively for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, recreation, or any other purpose except profit.

    Some examples of a few types of non-profit organizations and examples of each:

    • Social, recreational, or hobby groups (bridge clubs, curling clubs, and golf clubs)
    • Certain amateur sports organizations (hockey associations, baseball leagues, and soccer leagues)
    • Certain festival organizations (parades and seasonal celebrations)

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The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting safer gambling by influencing positive change and advancing responsible gambling standards in Canada and around the world.

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