Legislation, Regulation & Policies
The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) is an agent of the Government of Alberta and consists of a Corporation and a Board. The Corporation acts as the operational arm of the organization, while the Board is responsible for reflecting government’s direction through policy and regulatory matters. The AGLC Board develops policy, conducts hearings, and makes licensing and registration decisions to ensure that the liquor and gaming industries are well managed and regulated. The AGLC Corporation is to administer the Gaming and Liquor Act, regulation and related policy. The AGLC is responsible for regulating Alberta’s charitable gaming activities and conducting and managing all provincial gaming activities. All gaming activities must comply with the Criminal Code of Canada, the Gaming and Liquor Act (1996) , the Gaming and Liquor Regulation (1996), and AGLC policies.
The AGLC is responsible for the licensing of gaming activities within the Province. The AGLC licenses gaming facility licencees and retailers, and works closely to ensure compliance with all gaming policies and regulations.
Alberta has adopted the charitable gaming model for bingo, casino games, pull tickets, and raffles. Independently operated bingo facilities offer bingo that is conducted by charitable and religious organizations under the authority of an AGLC bingo license. Casino facilities are licensed by AGLC with the casino operator providing the facility, materials, and expertise, and charity provides the volunteers. AGLC conducts and manages ticket lotteries as a joint enterprise with Saskatchewan and Manitoba through the Western Canadian Lottery Corporation (WCLC). Video Lottery Terminals located in age-restricted, liquor licensed venues under a video retailer agreement, are conducted and managed by AGLC. Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) is a private, not-for-profit corporation is responsible for issuing racing licenses for all horse racing in Alberta while AGLC is responsible for the licensing of all racing entertainment centres located at racetracks.