A new framework gaming agreement has been signed between the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and the province to establish SIGA as the provincial operator of online gambling. SIGA will now launch a public tender to determine who will be the service provider for the new platform.
Saskatchewan residents are expected to be able to play casino games and bet on sports through their phones, tablets and computers by 2022.
Reg Bellerose, chairman of the board of directors of SIGA, said the platform’s goal will be to create income rather than jobs. “Before COVID we (SIGA) were around 1,700 people, now we are around 1,100 people. So we had to reorganize our business and now our business is different. This opportunity concerns less the workforce, because it is more technical.
Program revenues will be split 50/50 between the FSIN and the province. Bellegarde says they hope to raise between $ 20 million and $ 25 million for their First Nations through the platform.
One-game sports betting will be available through the service, although the Western Lottery Corporation will be in charge of one-game betting on store kiosks when it is expected to roll out later this fall.