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A. Background

In Manitoba, The Liquor and Gaming Control Act  defines the parameters for the regulation and conduct of gaming activities in the Province. Under Orders in Council, Manitoba has designated municipalities to license raffles with prizes under $3,000, and designated First Nations Gaming Commissions (FNGCs) to license on-reserve charitable gaming.

The Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba (LGA) is responsible for regulating and controlling gaming activities in the province. In addition to the traditional regulatory functions of licensing, registration, game integrity, and compliance, LGA’s responsibilities include research and public education initiatives. They also include oversight of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL) and to work directly with First Nations to help support the operation of on-reserve gaming activities and the development and implementation of broader First Nations gaming policy initiatives.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries manages and conducts gaming activities, including: 1) commercial casinos, 2) gaming at First Nations casinos (operated by First Nations groups under agreements with the Province), 3) the VLT Network, and 4) the sales/distribution of lotteries operated by the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC). Under its Social Responsibility Policy and Strategy, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries develops and implements social responsibility programming throughout the Province—both independently and in consultation with LGA and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM). It also funds the problem gambling program administered by the AFM. By authority of the Addictions Foundation Act (1987), the AFM is responsible for problem gambling intervention, rehabilitation, prevention, and education services for the citizens of Manitoba.
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