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CGA Advocates for Our Industry

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The CGA is actively communicating with governments at the provincial and federal levels to advocate for our industry and ensure that support for employees and business is available.

We continue to cooperate with our industry partners and are building alliances with other national and provincial associations in the hospitality industry to ensure that the gaming industry is part of the support and recovery assistance for the broader hospitality sector.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
Details on the recently announced $962 million in new capital to Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and the Community Futures Network were revealed by the federal government this week.

RDAs are federal agencies under Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). The six RDAs across Canada span Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Western Canada, and the northern regions. Community Futures Network is a group of federal agencies placed across Canada that provide small business services in rural communities.

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The almost $1 billion in new capital is meant to support regional and rural businesses that may not have existing relationships with financial institutions, or don’t qualify for other federal relief programs.

The RRRF is meant to help these businesses and organizations continue operations as well as pay their employees. It is also available for projects by businesses, organizations, and communities to help prepare for a successful recovery. The fund is open to businesses in sectors that include manufacturing, technology, tourism, and “others that are key to the regions and local economies.”

More information on the RRRF and how to apply is located here.

Government of Canada information on credit facilities and support for businesses is available here.

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)
The federal government announced the large employer emergency financing facility (LEEFF), which will provide support to employers with annual revenues of more than $300 million whose credit needs aren’t being met through conventional financing.

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The program is open to large commercial businesses in all sectors (except those in the financial sector) and certain not-for-profit businesses, like airports. To qualify, businesses must be looking for financing of $60 million or more and have significant operations or large numbers of employees in Canada, and must not be involved in any ongoing insolvency proceedings.

Among the conditions are making sure that there are no share buybacks or dividends or excessive executive pay, but also that companies have financial disclosures on their climate situation.

Program details are still being worked out and information on the application process is expected shortly.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extended to End of August 2020
The federal government is extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) beyond its original June 6 expiry date to the end of August 2020.

CEWS gives employers funds to cover 75% of wage costs up to a maximum benefit of $847 a week per employee.

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It is currently available for up to 12 weeks, covering the period between March 15 to June 6. Further details will be available in the next few days.

The CGA is communicating with the federal government to ask it to make the CEWS available to organizations for at least 120 days from their re-opening date to provide support as they bring back employees and work to restore their businesses.

CGA Assists Operators Prepare for Reopening

As gaming operators look to reopen, the CGA is aware that you are exploring tools and products that can assist in providing clean and safe environments for employees and customers. The CGA recently hosted a series of webinars to provide access to suppliers and we have a few links to share.

More webinars on a range of topics will be available in the coming weeks.

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Zoono – A New Era in Antimicrobial Solutions
Zoono offers an innovative active disinfecting technology that addresses a broad range of pathogens. Zoono eliminates pathogens when applied via an initial kill, but then through the drying process, sets up an invisible barrier to protect against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and algae on an ongoing basis.

Prescientx – The Future of Disinfection
Prescientx is one of Canada’s top companies focusing on patient safety innovation. It has co-developed and markets technologies focused on engineered infection prevention, which include a variety of automated UVC disinfection systems using smart sensor technology. Prescientx technology can help casinos and hotels tackle these new pandemic challenges, from room sterilization to rapid casino chip and equipment cleaning.

For more information: RBY Gaming – Ron Baryoseph

In addition, Go2HR has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for all types of industries related to COVID-19.

For operators in the hospitality industry looking for information on how to prepare to safely re-open their retail stores and food service/restaurants in the coming months, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a series of bilingual fact sheets available to download.

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The CGA is here to assist our members and industry colleagues during these difficult times. Pease contact us at [email protected] if we can be of help. We hope everyone is healthy and safe. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and practice physical distancing.

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Inspired Entertainment Partners with AGLC

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Inspired Entertainment Inc., a leading B2B provider of gaming content, technology, hardware and services, announced that it has entered an agreement with Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis, an agency of the government of the Canadian province of Alberta that oversees casino gaming (AGLC). Following a successful six-month trial period, AGLC has committed to purchase 150 new Valor terminals. Deployment of the new terminals is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2024.

“We are delighted to welcome AGLC as a valued customer. AGLC’s decision to order 150 Valor cabinets underscores the success demonstrated during the trial period as well as the strength of our product portfolio. We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership with AGLC,” Brooks Pierce, President and Chief Executive Officer of Inspired, said.

“We remain committed to expand in the attractive Canadian markets by delivering exceptional gaming solutions with both our gaming and digital products. Adding Alberta to our existing footprints in Ontario and Saskatchewan is the next step as we continue to see growth opportunities from the Canadian markets.”

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Delasport Expands in Ontario with a new deal with Green Brick Labs

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Leading iGaming supplier Delasport expands further in Ontario through a sportsbook deal with Canadian operator Green Brick Labs (GBL).

The global software company will provide its award-winning Plug & Play Sportsbook iFrame solution, so that their new partner can add it to their growing platform.

The deal is expected to come into fruition by the end of this quarter and is yet another strategic move by Delasport, who successfully obtained an Ontario license earlier this year.

‘We are happy to extend our foothold in Ontario and make it happen with a great partner like Green Brick Labs, adding to our confidence as a leading software supplier’, says Delasport’s VP of Business Development Rosaire Galea Cavallaro. ‘Our Plug & Play sportsbook iFrame solution will skyrocket GBL’s operations due to the high quality of service they will be able to provide to their customers and we couldn’t be prouder.’

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The Canada-based operator shares a similar opinion and as much excitement for the new partnership:

‘This is exactly the type of product we needed and is yet another proof that we provide the best solutions on the market for our customers’, GBL’s CEO Matt Rathbun comments. ‘At GBL, we prioritize great user experience, so this deal fits our vision perfectly.’

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The Mill Adventure Partners with GeoLocs to Offer Advanced GeoLocation Services to Operators

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GeoLocs, a leading provider of advanced geolocation compliance technology dedicated to the iGaming industry, is thrilled to announce its partnership with The Mill Adventure, a pioneering platform provider.

The partnership will see The Mill Adventure seamlessly integrate GeoLocs, a comprehensive geolocation service, into their platform, offering robust, precise, and secure geolocation verification for their operator partners. This integration ensures guaranteed compliance, enhances security, and prioritises player privacy (as seen by the recent ISO certification awarded to GeoLocs and mkodo), all while delivering a superior experience to users when verifying their location on iOS, Android, and desktop with no need for additional downloads or companion apps.

“We are very excited about our partnership with The Mill Adventure,” said Stuart Godfree, Managing Director of GeoLocs. “Our advanced geolocation technology perfectly complements The Mill Adventure’s cutting-edge platform, enabling operators to offer a more secure, compliant, and user-friendly gaming experience.”

The Mill Adventure is renowned for its innovative solutions that empower operators to create unique and engaging gaming experiences. By leveraging GeoLocs’ geolocation technology, The Mill Adventure will provide operators with the tools they need to ensure precise geolocation verification, fraud prevention, and adherence to local gaming regulations, as well as a unique player experience that will set their clients apart from competitors, in markets such as Ontario, Canada. This partnership emphasises both companies’ commitment to innovation, security, and regulatory compliance.

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“Integrating GeoLocs’ geolocation services into our platform offering not only enhances our compliance capabilities but also allows us to offer secure and enhanced gaming experiences to operators and their users,” said Robert Bowell, Chief Operations Officer of The Mill Adventure. “This collaboration reinforces our mission to deliver top-tier solutions to the iGaming industry.”

As the iGaming industry continues to evolve, the importance of accurate geolocation services cannot be overstated. The partnership between GeoLocs and The Mill Adventure is a significant step forward in addressing these needs, providing operators with the tools necessary to thrive in a competitive market.

For more information about GeoLocs and The Mill Adventure, please visit geolocs.io and themill.io

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