The Manitoba Gaming Control Commission(MGCC)
Tabling of Legislation - First Reading of Bill 43
Bill 43, the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act and Liquor and Gaming Control Act, was tabled on May 15, 2013. This new piece of legislation brings together The Gaming Control Act, the regulatory and citizen input aspects of The Liquor Control Act and the Gaming Control Local Option (VLT) Act. Under the proposed Act, the LGA will regulate the sale, service and manufacturing of liquor, gaming events, equipment and people who are involved in gaming. The LGA will be mandated to encourage responsible consumption of liquor and responsible participation in gaming, conduct research and obtain public input related to its mandate. As well, the LGA will provide information and advice to the minister.
Bill 43 is available here and a copy of the news release is available on the Province of Manitoba News Release site.
Public Consultations Summary Released
Public consultations led by the Liquor and Gaming Regulatory Consultation Committee were held across Manitoba in fall 2012. Manitobans were invited to provide their ideas on reducing red tape, enhancing consumer choice, and ensuring public safety and social responsibility as Manitoba’s liquor and gaming regulatory functions are amalgamating. Manitobans’ input was greatly appreciated and will shape the new regulatory regime.
The Public Consultations Summary For a New Liquor and Gaming Regulatory Framework in Manitoba is available here.
To view the Public Consultations website, please click here.
Looking for Liquor Licence or Permit Information?
The MGCC and the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) Regulatory Services Division will continue to provide our respective services to you, our stakeholders, while we transition into the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba (LGA).
All liquor licence and permit questions should be directed to the MLCC’s Regulatory Services Division. Information on liquor licences and permits can be found here.
The MLCC Licensing Department offers assistance in all liquor licensing matters within the Province of Manitoba. The department provides guidance on the process of applying and maintaining liquor licence(s), day-to-day operations, requirements and social responsibilities in licensed establishments. The Permit Department is responsible for issuing occasional permits, which are temporary approvals to serve liquor at social functions.
To contact the MLCC’s Regulatory Services Division, call:
- Licensing Department: 204-474-5619
- Permits Department: 204-474-5666 or toll-free 1-888-898-6522
Click here to apply for an Occasional Permit online
2011/12 Annual Report Released
The MGCC’s 2011/12 annual report details a number of accomplishments including streamlined reporting requirements for licence holders and new safeguard procedures for lottery ticket redemption. In addition, the MGCC, the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation created the VLT Cost of Play Calculator Wheel as part of ongoing efforts to promote responsible gambling in Manitoba. Click here to view the annual report for a detailed glimpse of the 2011/12 year.
Gambling Log App Goes Live
Ever wonder how long you’ve been at the machines and how much you’ve spent? This is just one of the questions that the new Gambling Log app for Android smart phones can help you answer. This app estimates your average cost of gambling and tracks your personal spending by allowing you to customize variables, such as bet size and speed of play. The app follows the VLT Cost of Play Calculator Wheel released to all Manitoba VLT sites in spring 2012 as part of ongoing efforts to promote responsible gambling in Manitoba. Download your free Gambling Log app today!
Click here to learn more about it.
Changes to Raffle Terms and Conditions
Effective January 1, 2013, the MGCC’s Board of Commissioners will remove Raffle Term and Condition 4.02. There will no longer be limits or restrictions on the number of major raffles held by any organization in a year and the value of the prize(s) offered. The MGCC will continue to ensure the eligibility of organizations, acceptability of the proposed use of funds, integrity of the scheme and suppliers, if any, and protection of the players.
Click here for more information on raffles.
PROVINCE ANNOUNCES MERGER OF CROWN CORPORATIONS
TO SAVE ESTIMATED $3 MILLION EVERY YEAR
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Highlights From Consulting Firm Report Include Administrative Savings,
Efficiencies, New Name: Chomiak
A report prepared by consulting firm MNP will guide the merger of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, saving an estimated $3 million annually, Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak, minister responsible for gaming, said today.
Click here for the full news release…
First Nations VLT Siteholder Terms and Conditions Updated
Section 10 of the First Nations VLT Siteholder Terms and Conditions has recently been updated. Compliance with these terms and conditions is required for all First Nations VLT Siteholders.
- VLT sites must use MGCC approved daily records.
- Appropriate General Ledger accounts must now be used to record VLT activity.
- Specific deposit procedures are required.
- Detailed supporting documents must now be utilized for all expenditures.
- The Annual VLT Siteholder Financial Report must be posted in a public area within the reserve and a copy must be provided to any band member upon request.
- A reporting and record-keeping training program is now available for VLT staff and management. Training is provided in person or online.
- The Annual VLT Siteholder Financial Report can now be filed electronically.
Click here for more information related to First Nations VLT Siteholder registration.
Public Consultations on Liquor and Gaming Regulation
In 2013, regulatory services for liquor and gaming will be merged into a single agency.
Recognizing the need to balance the diverse interests and perspectives of individuals, businesses and community groups, the province sought Manitobans’ advice and input on three themes:
- reducing red tape;
- improving consumer choice; and
- enhancing public safety and social responsibility.
To facilitate this, public consultations were held September 18 – Sept. 27. Submissions and the online survey were accepted until October 12, 2012. The public’s input will be used to inform and guide the preparation of new legislation and regulation for liquor and gaming in Manitoba.
The Liquor and Gaming Regulatory Consultation Committee would like to thank all those that brought their ideas and concerns forward.
Click here to learn more.
VLT Cost of Play Calculator Wheel
The VLT Cost of Play Calculator Wheel, an MGCC, Addictions Foundations of Manitoba (AFM), and Manitoba Lotteries Corporation (MLC) initiative, is now available for VLT players in Manitoba. The calculator wheel allows players to estimate the average cost of playing VLTs per week, month and year.
Click on the VLT Cost of Play Calculator Wheel to go directly to the interactive online version or visit our Public Education page to learn more about it.
Contests are very popular promotional tools used to generate interest in products and services offered by businesses and other organizations. The MGCC is often asked what the “rules” are for contests. Real promotional contests are not regulated by the MGCC, but there can be a fine line between a promotional contest and a raffle, which is a form of gambling.
For more information visit our webpage on promotional contests or have a quick look at an excellent article by Drew Mitchell of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman entitled No Purchase Necessary - The Pitfalls of PromotionalContests.
MGCC Licence Listings
If you are a player and want to find a bingo or Texas Hold’em event in your area or if you are a charitable organization looking for some raffle market information before you apply for your licence, you can find listings of MGCC licensed events here.