Kahnawake is one of the Mohawk Territories, located in Quebec, near Montreal, the capital of Canada.    

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission was created in 1996. Now it regulates the activity of more than 250 online gambling venues in various countries of the world and several Kahnawake poker rooms.   

Kahnawake jurisdiction is based on the main policy, which is similar to Australian legislation in this industry: game honesty and transparency, consumer right protection and full guarantee of winning payouts.    

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission is the online casino gaming licenses regulatory body, consisted of three members whose authority is valid within 2 years after election.    

Kahnawake license types

Nowadays entrepreneurs can get 4 gaming license types in Kahnawake jurisdiction

  • Interactive Gaming License (IGL): issued to an approved hosting facility in Kahnawake. Only one IGL may only be issued at any given time.  
  • Client Provider Authorization (CPA):  issued to approved entities that want to provide interactive gaming services from the hosting facility in Kahnawake. The holder of a valid CPA is called an Authorized Client Provider (ACP). There is no limit on the number of CPA’s that may be issued by the Commission. An ACP must be hosted at the hosting facility that holds the IGL and is entitled of offer any type of interactive gaming:  eg. casino, poker and/or sportsbook.
  • Inter-Jurisdictional Authorization (IJA): issued to an entity that holds a valid interactive gaming license issued by another jurisdiction and that wants to locate some or all of its equipment and personnel within the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake.
  • Key Person Licence (KPL): issued to at least one person who performs managerial or operational functions for the entity that holds a CPA. 
  • The Commission also issues the separate Poker Room License for operating within the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake.

The initial payment for Client Provider Authorization is $25,000 CAD. Submitting an application for each key entity license costs $5,000 CAD. Plainly required system testing costs $15,000 CAD and license renewal costs $10 000 CAD.       

Players right protection: requirements to operators

The Commission's primary function is to provide the protection of players who choose to participate in the gaming offered by the Commission's Land-Based Poker Room License holders. There are a variety of mechanisms provided in the Commission Regulations for players’ protection. Online casino operators with license should follow the following requirements:    

  • online gambling should be transparent, honest and responsible;
  • operators are obliged to be loyal to players, pay out all winnings in due time, and keep stringent players’ personal data privacy;     
  • operators should follow all Commission regulations regarding the protection of persons under the full age of eighteen and other vulnerable users.  

Commission regulations set up the following requirements for online casino websites

  • Gaming websites should be equipped by the limiting mechanism, for example, members of the family can ask operator to restrict a player access to the website. 
  • Feedback with the operator: the gaming site should be equipped with the feedback system and technical support. 
  • Gaming sites should be equipped with efficient data leak security systems; the operator should act with due diligence for players’ personal data security.     
  • Game rules should be available on the site in English and other languages, if the operator desires. 

The Commission also provides a number of dispute resolution mechanisms to address player complaints, including the possibility of third party arbitration to ensure that all player complaints are addressed in a timely way.