Vanderzam wrote:https://www.racj.gouv.qc.ca/communicati ... ement.html
I only found it in french though.
Go to the "annexe 2" chart, the first row is "machines à boules" (pinball). It is clearly stated that the machine must be registered unless there is no possibility of winning a prize, additional playing time or free games.
As for the fee, since November 19th 2019 it is now $115 instead of $340 per machine. The annual licence is still $230
Could you re-read this section? The requirement to obtain an amusement operator license must meet two conditions - this suggests to me that as long as all of the pins don't offer extended play, etc, that North Star no longer has to register for the amusement license, they would only need to focus on licensing of the bar.
Une licence d’exploitant d’appareils d’amusement demeure requise si les deux conditions suivantes sont remplies :
L’appareil est mis à la disposition du public dans le but d'en tirer un revenu.
L’appareil offre une possibilité de gain, soit la possibilité de gagner un prix (y compris grâce à un « système de rédemption »), du temps de jeu additionnel ou des parties gratuites.
In any event, I have great sympathy for the North Star owners - imagine going from having to obtain an amusement operator license every year (on top of bar/restaurant license) and paying out $340 per machine, to the moment of being completely free of "the Man" and all the attendant headaches of registrations, licenses, stickers, and fees. I have to wonder if the draw of being completely free of that world of fees, registrations, and paperwork was the real reason they moved to removing free games and extra balls. It's a weird situation, right? Under the old rules, as far as I can tell, you simply had to register a pin at $340 no matter what, but with the new regulations, there's that "twist" where if you set up a pin to avoid "giving out prizes," you don't have to deal with the Regie des alcools, des courses et des jeux ever again.
I recall RAB saying that the machine registrations were non-transferrable between different tables, so if a pin goes down and you have to rotate it out, you can't transfer that registration to a new one, you have to pay for a brand-new registration. What a pain in the ass - must have been a logistical head-ache, and frankly must have impeded the freedom of North Star to rotate things in and out at their own discretion. Now whenever North Star wants, they can bring in something new without having to "think it through" and send more money to the Regie. Perhaps North Star will revisit the issue of how they set up their pins after some time has passed with customer feedback, but yeah, I understand the appeal of being free from all of that world of amusement regulation.