Rideau Carleton Raceway casino hit with more than $200K in fines

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has issued a $227,250 penalty against the operators of the Rideau Carleton Raceway casino for 36 violations determined during an audit. (Jean-Sebastien Marier/Radio-Canada - image credit)
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has issued a $227,250 penalty against the operators of the Rideau Carleton Raceway casino for 36 violations determined during an audit. (Jean-Sebastien Marier/Radio-Canada - image credit)

The operators of the Rideau Carleton Raceway's casino have been fined more than $200,000 by Ontario's liquor and gaming regulator for a smattering of alleged violations that include failing to properly address the risk of money laundering.

In a statement Wednesday, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) said it had identified 36 violations committed by HR Ottawa LP — better known as Hard Rock Ottawa — during an audit of the rural south Ottawa casino.

According to the AGCO, the three dozen violations included:

  • Failing repeatedly to implement, follow and enforce mandatory anti-money laundering policies and procedures.

  • Not making sure staff had completed necessary training around those policies.

  • Failing to sufficiently protect gaming systems and data from security vulnerabilities.

  • Providing advertising and marketing materials to people who had "self-excluded" from gambling activities.

  • Running a "compliance oversight function" that was not independent of the company's operations.

  • Failing to address concerns raised by internal auditors in a timely manner.

As a result, Hard Rock Ottawa was fined $227,250 for the alleged breaches, the AGCO said.

Any casino operator served with such a fine can appeal it to the independent Licence Appeal Tribunal.

Hard Rock took over day-to-day operations of the raceway casino in 2017.