Mohawk First Nation taking Ontario government to court

An Indigenous council is taking the Ontario government to court over changes made to online gaming.

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawá:ke alleged in a notice of application filed Monday against i-Gaming Ontario and the province’s Attorney General that the changes are illegal, unconstitutional and are leading to significant revenue loss to the community.

Provincially regulated online gaming market i-Gaming Ontario launched in April and made Ontario the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow people to wager on casino games, sporting events and other gambling activities through online websites and smartphone apps from registered third party operators.

Kahnawá:ke has been licensing online gaming for 25 years and the council argues its subsidiary, Mohawk Online Limited, is now shut out of the Ontario gaming market because it has not submitted to the new framework.