RGC Governance

The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) operates independently under the legal authority of two corporations, both of which are Registered Charities and incorporated under the Canadian Corporations Act.

Each corporation is accountable to a separate Board of Directors. Board members include individuals who have experienced gambling problems, treatment providers, gaming operator executives and/or leaders in non-gaming industries from across Canada and globally. The composition of the Board of Directors is also diverse, reflecting RGC’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism policy, and the organization’s values and strategic priorities.

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 our Research & Advisory Services. This business unit includes our research and evaluation activities in all jurisdictions, as well as for the delivery of programs and services outside of Ontario. It also includes our Discovery brand, which runs a number of thought leadership initiatives including our annual Discovery Conference. In addition, RGCC provides advisory services globally, across all lines of business including sports and race betting, online betting and gambling, lottery retail and value-based operations like casinos, pubs, and clubs. RGCC also delivers the RG Check Accreditation Program for land-based and online gaming operators.

The Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario) is the legal entity that delivers programs and services in Ontario funded through the Ministry of Health. RGC(O) also independently operates the PlaySmart Centres in Ontario, with funding from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

Governance Organization Structure Chart

  • 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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