The Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC), the regulatory agency for gambling in the Canadian province of Alberta, has announced that it has begun the process of accepting offers from private companies that want to enter the retail sports betting market in the province.
However, there will only be two licenses offered during this initial stage, and companies will have until January 31 to apply. Then, after the selection process, the two licensees will be able to get into business by the end of 2022.
This move was made possible by the passage of the famous Bill C-218, which has finally made betting on single events fully legal in Canada. Before that, bettors in the country were only allowed to wager on three or more events at once.
The law also allows provinces to issue licenses to private operators in the gambling industry. The Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis is both the regulator and the state-owned operator in the province of Alberta, and it received the additional task of issuing licenses to private operators.
The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission currently operates the first and only legal online casino in the province: PlayAlberta.ca, powered by software provided by NeoPollard.