Aug 31

Live sports betting now available at these authorized websites.

Live Sports Betting Now Available in Canada at These Authorized Websites

The wait is finally over. Locally authorized single-game and live betting on sports is not just a dream anymore. It’s not a piece of legislation moving through Parliament. It’s real, and its here, and its available right now at most provincial iGaming websites.

We’ll tell you which Canadian online sportsbooks are offering the newly regulated form of sports betting, and which types of wagers they’re offering. We’ll also offer some alternative options for those of you residing in a province or territory where legal live betting and single-game wagers are not (yet) available.

Single & Live Sports Betting in Canada

Let’s cut right to the chase. The following is an alphabetical chart that details which provinces and territories offer which types of online sports betting, if any. Note that live betting and single-game betting are Canada’s newly authorized ways to bet on sports. Parlay wagers refer to the old, multi-pick style of betting that’s been around for decades.

Continue below the chart to learn more about the individual sports gambling opportunities in each location.

LocationLive BettingSingle-GameParlay Bets
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia
Nunavut
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
Yukon

Please note that the information in the above chart is current as of writing (Aug 31, 2021). Some locations were not able to launch an expanded sports betting platform on opening day (August 27, 2021). Alberta, for example, has made clear its intentions to launch single-game and live betting options in the fall.

Alberta

All gambling activities are regulated by Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC), which operates the online gambling portal, PlayAlberta.ca. The website is not yet equipped with any form of sports betting. However, the regulators stated in early August that a full sports betting regiment would come to the website sometime this fall.

British Columbia

The British Columbia Gaming Corp (BCLC) is responsible for all gaming in the province. BCLC operates the online gambling portal, PlayNow.com. Through this website, sports fans can participate in all major forms of sports betting, including single-game bets, live bets and classic parlays. The website is also available to legal-age residents of Manitoba.

Manitoba

The Manitoba Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority (LGCA) signed an agreement with BCLC years ago to share use of its website, PlayNow.com. The shared player contract gives Manitobans access to the same single-game, live, and parlay betting options as BC residents.

New Brunswick

Part of Atlantic Canada, all gaming in New Brunswick is regulated by the Atlantic Lottery Corp (ALC). Through its website, ALC.ca, sports bettors can access everything from parlays, props, and futures, to single-game and fantasy betting. However, there is no live betting available at this time.

This information also applies to the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

Newfoundland & Labrador

See New Brunswick.

Northwest Territories

None. While the Northwest Territories offers retail lottery and Sports Select wagering through the Western Canada Lottery Corp (WCLC), there is no option to bet online. According to the WCLC, its Sports Select platform will soon include single-game betting, but again, it appears it’s going to be retail (in-person) only.

The exact same information applies to the territories of Nunavut and Yukon.

Nova Scotia

None. Although Nova Scotia is a part of Atlantic Canada, the province does not authorize access to the region’s ALC.ca online gambling portal. All sports betting must be done in person through a retail outlet.

Nunavut

See Northwest Territories.

Ontario

All gambling activities are regulated by the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp (OLG), which offers internet gambling options through its website, PlayOLG.ca. Last week, the Crown Corporation launched what it calls “Pro-Line+”, a new version of the original parlay-only Pro-Line platform that now offers single-game betting, as well as live betting.

Prince Edward Island

See New Brunswick.

Quebec

Loto-Quebec, regulator of all gaming activities in the province, dove head-first into the expansion of sports betting laws with the launch of in-store, online and mobile “mise-o-jeu”. You can participate in classic parlays, singles and live wagering, with a convenient mise-o-jeu mobile app for betting on the go. If you prefer to place your bets in person, you can fill out a slip on your mobile device, generating a barcode that you can scan in-store.

Saskatchewan

None. Saskatchewan has yet to prescribe to the online gambling industry. All gaming activities, including sports betting, must be conducted in person at a casino or authorized ticket retail location.

Yukon

See Northwest Territories.

Betting on Sports Outside Canada’s Regulatory Border

While other sportsbooks like theScore Bet and PointsBet are working diligently to get licensed and operational here in Canada, none have done so yet. If your home province or territory does not offer the type of online sports betting you’re looking for, you still have options.

Online gambling with offshore, internationally regulated websites is not illegal. They just aren’t regulated by any Canadian authority. So long as you’re access highly reputable, responsibly regulated sportsbooks, you have nothing to worry about.

The key to enjoying a safe and secure experience in single and live sports betting with overseas websites is to do your homework. First and foremost, identify the regulatory authority. The most reputable are the European jurisdictions of Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Malta and the UK. Anything licensed in Central America (Costa Rica, Curacao, Panama, etc.) may be circumspect.

Reputation also goes a very long way. Look for a website that has been up and running for at least a few years. Check out watchdog websites like Casinomeister to confirm there are no ongoing reports of customer abuse or payment issues. All it takes is a few minutes of your time to ensure you’re signing up and depositing with a reliable sportsbook.

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Jan 13

Inside Look: ALC online casino comes to New Brunswick.

Inside Look: ALC Online Casino Comes to New Brunswick

Take a step back in time to nearly a decade ago – February 2011. That was when the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corp (NBLGC) first showed documented interest in launching an online casino for its adult population. They had already begun talking with the Atlantic Lottery Corp, which was in the process of filing draft regulations to expand further into online gambling.

The ALC, which supplies regulated gaming services for all four Atlantic provinces – New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island – was unable to get those regulations passed. Despite consistent lobbying within the provinces, no progress was made over the next nine years. And then, with no prior notice, residents woke up one morning in August with access to a New Brunswick online casino, courtesy of ALC.

A Look Inside ALC Online Casino New Brunswick

The quiet, overnight launch of internet casino gaming on ALC.ca was a surprise to just about everyone. The start-up came with a small variety of games from digital gambling powerhouse, International Game Technology (IGT); 34 online slot machines, 7 table games, plus IGT’s famous Game King, a dynamic virtual machine that features 9 of the most popular video poker games. ALC promises many more games to come, but for now, you can see the complete list of what’s available below.

Full List of Games (current Jan 13, 2021)

ALC Slot Machines
  • Anchorman
  • Cats
  • Cleopatra
  • DaVinci Diamonds
  • Double Diamonds
  • Doubleplay Super Bet
  • Elephant King
  • Foxin’ Wins
  • Ghostbusters Level Up Plus
  • Golden Goddess
  • Endless Treasure
  • King Kong Fury
  • Little Green Men Nova Wilds
  • Lucky Tree
  • Mad Mad Monkey
  • Medusa II
  • Medusa Megaways
  • Merlin’s Millions
  • Pixies of the Forest
  • Raging Rhino
  • She’s a Rich Girl
  • Siberian Storm
  • Spartacus Gladiator of Rome
  • Sphinx Wild
  • Starmania
  • The Big Easy
  • The Demon Code
  • The Mask
  • Wheel of Fortune On Tour
  • White Orchid
  • Wild Play Super Bet
  • Zeus
  • Zeus III
ALC Table Games
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Blackjack Multihand
  • Let it Ride
  • Fortune Pai Gow
  • Roulette
  • Three Card Poker
ALC Video Poker (Game King 9-in-1)
  • Bonus Poker
  • Bonus Poker Deluxe
  • Deuces Wild
  • Deuces Wild Bonus
  • Double Bonus Poker
  • Double Double Bonus Poker
  • Jacks or Better
  • Joker Poker
  • Triple Double Bonus Poker

Who Can Play at ALC Casino Online?

Anyone physically located within any of the Atlantic provinces of Canada is welcome to sign up an account and play the full variety of games in “demo” mode. However, only players in New Brunswick, age 19 and above, are able to deposit and bet real money.

Ways to Move Money In and Out

The ALC website accepts the follow methods of payment.

Deposits: Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Interac and Web Cash.

Withdrawals: Interac, Cheque

Note that ALC offers an optional weekly deposit limit as part of its Responsible Gaming protocol. Players can set, increase, or decrease their weekly deposit limit by logging into the website, then choosing My Account > Play Responsibly, and entering a new limit. It takes 24 hours for a limit increase to be approved, whereas decreases take effect immediately.

What About the Other AC Provinces?

Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are not currently able to gambling at the ALC online casinos. It is open only to eligible players located in New Brunswick. The ALC recently announced its intent to expand into Nova Scotia and PEI, likely to occur sometime in 2021. There are no known intentions of launching the ALC casino website in Newfoundland and Labrador at this time.

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Feb 10

A Question for the Modern Ages: Is Gambling Legal in Canada?

Question for the Modern Ages – Is Gambling Legal in Canada?

A simple question such as this deserves an equally simple answer. In today’s modern age, there are many different types of gambling. It would be easy to convolute the problem with legal jargon and complicated interpretations of the law, but I promise you, I won’t do that.

As an avid enthusiast of online gambling, I’ve spent more than enough time researching the Canadian Criminal Code to understand its meaning. Fortunately for you, as a career journalist in the field, I’d like to think I can translate it in a manner that is as easy as possible to understand.

Q&A: Is Gambling Legal in Canada?

The short answer is, Yes!, gambling is legal here in Canada. However, that is a vague question. There are many different types of gambling. I have no idea whether you’re referring to casino gambling, poker games, bingo, sports betting, horse racing, lotteries, raffles, etc.

Most of these are legal in some capacity, with restrictions. In the following sections, we’ll discuss each type of gambling, and just how legal it is.

Note that all of these laws extend into the online gambling realm, at least to some extent. To be thorough, I’ll give you a brief summary of online gambling laws to start.

Legality of Online Gambling in Canada

Is Online Gambling Legal in Canada

Online gambling is legal in Canada. Internet gambling sites come in two varieties – Provincialand International. Either way, both are legal.

Provincial online casinos are only available in B.C., Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, and only accept player’s who reside within their respective borders. International online casinos are located offshore, regulated by their own jurisdictions.

So long as an offshore operator does not have a physical presence in Canada (offices or servers on Canadian soil), they are not illegal.

Casino Gambling Laws

Casino games are legal in Canada, so long as they are conducted in a licensed gaming facility, or with a provincial charity-gaming permit. There are more than 100 commercial casinos in the country, from Quebec’s Casino de Montreal, to British Columbia’s Hard Rock Vancouver. We also have tribal casinos, like the Bear Claw Casino in Carlyle, Saskatchewan.

Charities are able to host “casino night” events, where table games like roulette and blackjack can be legally held, so long as the right permits are obtained from their provincial government.

As for online casino gambling, there are hundreds of legal, reputably licensed operators in Europe that accept Canadian players.

Poker Gambling

Poker-based card games are also legal in Canada. A commercial casino, poker room or charity may host poker games, and collect a “rake” (profit) for doing so, as long as they have the correct license or permit. Home poker games are legal, as well, but no rake (profit) can be taken by the host / home owner.

Online poker is also legal, either through provincially or internationally regulated websites.

Bingo Halls / Charity Bingo

Bingo games are among the most popular forms of game-based fund raising in the country. Again, with proper permits, bingo games are perfectly legal. Some Canadian casinos, especially the tribal variety, are famous for hosting organized bingo games.

Online bingo – same as casino and poker – can be done at provincial or international gambling sites.

Sports Betting in Canada

Canadian sports betting laws in 2020 are a topic of great import. As the law stands now, only provincially-run, parlay-style betting is permitted. It is conducted much like a provincial lottery. In fact, some provinces actually call it the Sports Lottery; others call it Pro-Line. In parlay wagering, bettors must select a number of correct picks from various sporting events, and they must all be correct to win anything. The payout is high, but the odds are higher.

It is for this reason that so many Canadian sports bettors are turning to offshore, online sportsbook operators – remember, these are not illegal in Canada – to place single-event bets. There’s a strong push in the federal government to pass a single-event sports betting law, but until that happens – of ever it does – most sports wagering dollars are flowing offshore.

Horse Race Betting

Horse racing is the oldest form of organized, legal betting in Canada. There are tracks all over the map, from B.C. to Nova Scotia. You can place bets at these tracks, at offsite betting locations across the country, or via online racebooks.

Lotteries & Raffles

The second oldest form of legal gambling are the national and provincial lottery games. The first drawings were held in 1973 to help raise money to pay for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. It was a huge success, raising $230 million from 1973-76. Lotteries have been helping to fund government budgets ever since.

Online lotteries are legal in Canada, too. Most of our provinces sell online lottery tickets to drawings, as well as the scratch off variety. Tickets for international lotteries can be purchased from offshore websites.

Raffles are most often held as charitable events; legal with appropriate permits.

Conclusion & Brief Word on Internet Gambling

By now, you should have more than enough information to answer the question; Is gambling legal in Canada? However, before I wrap this up, I have to issue a brief warning about gambling over the internet.

If you do not live in a province where online gambling is locally regulated – or if you choose to gamble at internationally regulated websites – please do so with caution. Not all offshore operators are reputable. Stick to websites that are licensed in major European iGaming jurisdictions, like Isle of Man, Malta or The UK. They are held to the strictest standards, and are considered the absolute safest, most secure operators in the world.

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Dec 04

The tireless search for secure online casino sites in Canada.

The Tireless Search for Secure Online Casino Sites in Canada

It’s amazing how far the online casino industry has come since the turn of the century. Where there were once far more rogue operators than dependable ones, the internet now caters to a majority of professional, responsible, distinguished members of the iGaming community. There are still some rogues out there, sure, but with regulations getting tighter every yer, the ratio has gotten so much safer for players.

Here in Canada, the laws aren’t so strict as they are in other major countries. The UK, for instance, has the widest range of regulation, delivering licenses and guidelines to operators both inside and outside the country. In Australia, online casinos are 100% prohibited. The US is a mish-mash, where some states allow

In areas with full legal regulation, security is not an issue. If the operator you choose to deposit with is licensed and regulated in the same locality in which you live, there is no question as to its integrity. If such an operator goes rogue, it has an entire jurisdiction worth of authorities to answer to. But when the operator is located outside of that jurisdiction, it takes more than their word to convince this seasoned iGamer that there’s nothing fishy going on.

2 Ways To Detect a Secure Online Casino

In Canada, there are no express laws permitting or banning online casinos – at least, not the offshore variety. By federal law, each province is capable of regulating and operating its own government-run gambling website, and a few of them do. Therefore most Canadians have access to two types of iGaming – the locally regulated and internationally regulated variety.

#1 Local Online Casinos

As I’ve said already, provincially regulated casinos are going to come with unquestionable security and fairness. After all, the local authorities in charge of enforcing security and fairness must answer directly to the ones that demand it. By default, they’re going to protect your personal and account information to the greatest of their ability.

#2 International Online Casinos

An international casino operator is one that’s located outside of Canada. You’ll hear a lot of government talk that these websites are “not regulated”, when in fact, most of them are. They just aren’t regulated in Canada. This does not make the online casino untrustworthy, although it does raise questions that must be answered to determine reputability.

In years past, you’d have to look into an operation’s history, longevity, ownership, customer satisfaction ratings and so much more. Now, what it boils down to is what international jurisdiction the online casino is regulated by, making it easier than ever to determine trust and security. Some are far more reputable than others.

I’ve recently written a complete guide on this subject, and I highly recommend giving it a read:

What’s the Better Choice for Canadians?

The best choice really depends on what you aim to get out of your internet gambling experience. British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec each offer a wonderful online casino experience for their respective citizens. In BC, Manitoba and Quebec, you’ll also find online poker and bingo games available. All of these locations, combined with the Atlantic provinces, offer online lotteries and pro-line sports lotteries, as well.

If you live in the appropriate area and are looking for a simple iGaming experience that falls within these perimeters, Canada’s home-grown online casinos will suit you just fine. If, however, you’re looking for more out of your iGaming experience, you may wish to venture into the offshore realm of secure online casino gaming.

Internationally regulated casinos are known to provide far better promotions and a much wider range of casino games to choose from. Slots fans, in particular, will find the offshore variety have way better payout odds than any Canadian casino, on land or online, can offer. Sports bettors will also discover better odds overseas, where single-event wagers are perfectly legal.

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Aug 26

Review: InstaDebit or iDebit for Online Casino Deposits?

Correlative from Canada: InstaDebit or iDebit for Online Casino Deposits?

If you intend to play online casino games for real money, there are a lot of questions that should be going through your mind. “Which game(s) should I play?” is a common one, but there are some much more important questions to be answered first – namely, which casinos are safe, and how do I securely transfer money in and out of my account?

We’ve covered the first section at length, detailing how to find legitimate online casinos that accept Canadian players. Today, we’re going to talk about two long-time favorites in the Canadian iGaming payments market, how they compare and contrast, and which one works best for financing an internet gambling account – iDebit or InstaDebit?

“Wait… aren’t iGaming payments iDebit and InstaDebit the same thing?”

No, they are not the same thing. Don’t feel bad if you were thought they were. It’s a very common misconception. A lot of people have just assumed over the years that iDebit is an abridged nickname for InstaDebit. They are, in fact, two very different banking methods, with two distinct logos, and three antithetical properties worthy of note.

iDebit and InstaDebit Deposits Comapred

#1 Supported Banks: InstaDebit works with any and all Canadian banks, whereas iDebit only serves the nation’s seven largest banks (see complete list of iDebit supported banks).

#2 Cost to Deposit: iDebit charges a smaller, flat fee of $1.50 to transfer funds from a bank account to a merchant site (i.e. online casino), whereas iDebit charges a $1.95 fee per bank-to-merchant transaction.

#3 Accepted Currencies: iDebit will facilitate payments in any major currency, giving iGamers a wider variety of international online casinos to choose from. InstaDebit facilitates transfers in CAD and USD only; thus CAD/USD deposits and withdrawals must be supported. Either way, players will be subject to the same-day currency exchange rate.

Otherwise, these two payment methods are virtually mirrors of one another.

Similarities: Both require the user to register a free account and link it to their bank account. Both are available only in Canada, drawing funds directly from the linked bank account for the purpose of making a purchase/deposit. All withdrawals/refunds are sent to the user’s iDebit/InstaDebit account. When this account has funds in it, any purchases up to the available amount will automatically be drawn from this account. Any purchases exceeded the available amount will come entirely from the bank account; split payments are not permitted. Funds in the user’s iDebit or InstaDebit account can be transferred back to the user’s bank for a flat fee of $2.00.

iDebit for Online Casino Deposits

Making an iDebit deposit at online casinos is a simple process. You must first register an iDebit account, link your bank account to it, then verify that the account is yours. This can take anywhere from a minute to a full business day, depending on the speed and efficiency of your bank, but once it’s done, you’ll have instant access 24/7/365.

To make a deposit, visit any reputable online casino that accepts Canadian players and lists iDebit as an eligible payment option. Register an account if you don’t already have one. Next, head to the banking section, select Deposit, choose iDebit, and enter the amount you wish to transfer.

You’ll be directed to the iDebit website to log in and confirm the purchase. Assuming you have sufficient funds in your iDebit or bank account (+$1.50 to cover cost of transfer from bank, if applicable), the funds will appear in your online casino account within moments.

Making a withdrawal is just as easy, but takes up to 3-5 days (after the casino’s 24-48 hour pending period) to appear in your iDebit.

InstaDebit for Online Gambling Payments

The instructions for making an InstaDebit deposit at online casinos are almost exactly the same. First, you’ll need an InstaDebit account; registration is free. Link that to your bank account and verify that it’s yours by following the instructions on the screen.

Choose any distinguished online casino where Canadian players and InstaDebit payments are accepted. Sign up an account if needed, then head over to the Cashier page and choose to Deposit with InstaDebit. Enter the amount you wish to deposit and press continue.

You’ll be directed to the InstaDebit website. Login and confirm the transfer. If enough funds are in your InstaDebit account, they will immediately be moved to your casino account, free of charge. Otherwise, a $1.95 fee will be applied to transfer the funds directly from your bank account (if sufficient), and credited to your online casino balance within moments.

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Jun 13

Ultimate new user guide to online casino gambling in Canada.

Canada Online Casino FAQs for New PlayersGambling is an extremely popular pastime in Canada. In 2000, right around the time internet casinos were starting to blossom, an international study revealed that 70% of Canadians participate in some form of gambling each year. With the rise of online and mobile gaming options, that number is sure to have increased.

Those of you seeking to venture into that realm surely have a lot of questions. Is it legal? Can I access offshore websites? Are there convenient banking methods, and are they secure? Today’s ultimate new user guide to Canada online casino gaming will answer these questions, and more.

Is Online Casino Gambling in Canada Legal?

Yes, it is. Gambling is legal in every province and territory of Canada. There are no specific laws that discriminate between land-based and online gambling. Therefore online casinos are perfectly legal, too.

There are two basic types of online casinos for Canadian players. There’s the provincially regulated variety, and the offshore variety. Only the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec host provincial casino sites (plus online lottery in the Atlantic regions), and you must live within the respective province to access them. Offshore casinos accept players from various countries, with Canada typically included.

Are Offshore Online Casinos Legal?

Yes, they are. Despite the efforts of provinces to change that fact, there is no law preventing Canadians from accessing internationally regulated gambling websites. It is equally legal for an international gaming operator to accept Canadians, so long as they follow one express rule.

The Criminal Code determines what types of gambling can be legal. The only way an online casino would be illegal is if it has a physical presence in Canada, but does not acquire a provincial licence. By remaining offshore, and opening no offices on Canadian soil, no laws are being broken.

How Do Deposits and Withdrawals Work?

Most online casinos offer a wide range of deposit methods. Credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, online payment processors (EcoPayz, Neteller, Skrill, etc.), bank transfers, instant eChecks—these are all common options. The key is to pick the one that best suits your needs.

They are incredibly secure, as well. So long as you choose reputable gaming websites, and keep your own computer or mobile device secure, you have nothing to worry about.

Are Online Casino Winnings Taxed?

Typically no, Canadians do not pay taxes on any gambling winnings. The Canada Revenue Agency states, “an individual may be subject to tax on income derived from gambling itself, if the gambling activities constitute carrying on the business of gambling”.

Therefore, the only players who pay taxes are those that gamble ‘professionally’. If you gamble regularly, and make consistent profits from it, then you may be subject to taxation. But as a casual player, no.

You can learn more about the minutiae of Canada gambling taxes here.

Can I Play in CA$?

Yes, usually. If you play provincially regulated Canada online casino games, all wagers are in Canadian Dollars. If you choose to play at internationally regulated websites, some of them do offer CA$ deposits and withdrawals. Be sure to skim over the banking options and payment details to see if it’s available.

The major benefit to online casino gambling in Canada’s own currency is the avoidance of foreign exchange rates. Although relatively inexpensive, currency exchange fees do add up over time, taking away from cash that should be part of your bankroll.

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Jun 04

Legal age to gamble online in Canada and other countries in 2018.

Legal Age to Gamble Online in Canada and Rest of WorldOnline gambling has become one of the most common pastimes of the last decade. But like land-based gambling, there are unpermissive age restrictions that must be upheld. If a 16 year old is not prevented from gambling in Vegas, the casino at fault risks anything from a massive fine to loss of licence. The same strict regulations are enforced in the digital realm.

Different regions of the world, however, enforce different age limitations for gambling. Even within Canada, not all provinces enact the same restrictions. The legal online gambling age in Quebec, for instance, is 19. Skip across the border to Ontario or Newfoundland and Labrador, and the legal age limit drops to 18.

Whether you intend to gambling online or on land, it’s extremely important to know how old you must be to gamble within that locality. Knowing the age limit in a land-based casino may save you a lot of time and embarrassment. Try to play online when you’re underage, and you’ll just be met with a big, fat, “NO!”.

Legal Age to Gamble Online in Canada

The Great White North is made up of 10 provinces and 3 territories. The following is an ordered list of Canadian provinces, and the legal age at which you can gamble online or online land. I’m providing two lists for convenience, first alphabetical, and a second by age.

Prov/Terr Alphabetical Age Prov/Terr By Age (Low-High) Age
Alberta 18 Alberta 18
British Columbia 19 Manitoba 18
Manitoba 18 Quebec 18
New Brunswick 19 British Columbia 19
Newfoundland & Labrador 19 New Brunswick 19
Northwest Territory 19 Newfoundland & Labrador 19
Nova Scotia 19 Northwest Territory 19
Nunavut 19 Nova Scotia 19
Ontario 19 Nunavut 19
Prince Edward Island 19 Ontario 19
Quebec 18 Prince Edward Island 19
Saskatchewan 19 Saskatchewan 19
Yukon Territory 19 Yukon Territory 19

 

Legal Online Gambling Age in Other Countries

The legal age to gamble in other major countries around the world can range anywhere from 18 to 23 years old. In some countries, legal gambling age can actually depend on whether you’re a local or a tourist. The following list includes the age restrictions in all US states, as well as major gambling regions across Asia, Australia and Europe.

Note: Some states and countries expressly prohibit online gambling. Be sure to check with current local laws. The ages listed below are based on regulatory statutes for land-based gambling.

We’ll start with the United States of America. All US states, and the other countries below, are listed alphabetically.

US States Age Notes
Alabama 21
Alaska 18
Arizona 21
Arkansas 21
California 18 or 21 Varies by casino
Colorado 21
Connecticut 21
Delaware 21
Florida 21
Georgia 21
Hawaii None All gambling is illegal in Hawaii
Idaho 18
Illinois 21
Indiana 21
Iowa 21
Kansas 21
Kentucky 21
Louisiana 21
Maryland 21
Maine 21
Massachusetts 21
Michigan 21
Minnesota 21
Mississippi 21
Missouri 21
Montana 21
Nebraska 21
Nevada 21
New Hampshire 21
New Jersey 21
New Mexico 21
New York 18 or 21 18 to play bingo, 21 to play casino games
North Carolina 21
North Dakota 21
Ohio 21
Oklahoma 18 or 21 Varies by casinos
Oregon 21
Pennsylvania 21
Rhode Island 18
South Carolina 21
South Dakota 21
Tennessee 18
Texas 21
Utah None All gambling is illegal
Vermont 18
Virginia 21
Washington 18 or 21 Varies by casino
West Virginia 21
Wisconsin 21
Wyoming 18

 

Legal Gambling Age in Asia, Australia and Europe

Country Age Notes
Australia 18
Belgium 21
Bulgaria 18
China 18 or 21 Gambling is only legal in Macau; locals may gamble at 18, but tourists must be 21
Denmark 18
England 18
Finland 18
France 18
Germany 18
Greece 23
Ireland 18
Japan 20
Netherlands 18
New Zealand 20
Portugal 18 or 21 Locals 18, tourists 21
Russia 18 Gambling is only legal in special areas of Altai, Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, and Primorsky regions
Scotland 18
Singapore 21
South Korea 18
Spain 19
Taiwan 20

 

Disclaimer: Online gambling is restricted in some countries. The above age restrictions are based on regulatory gambling laws for each jurisdiction, and do not imply that online gambling is or is not legal. Furthermore, these laws are current as of June 4, 2018, and are always subject to change without notice. Please check with the local authorities for current legal age to gamble online Canada and other countries. Only gamble legally and responsibly!

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Feb 23

Is the lack of online gambling promotions crippling Canada online casinos?

Online Gambling Promotions at Canada Online CasinosThere are only a few notable differences between Canada’s online casinos; the home-grown variety and the internationally regulated ones. The most significant of all – one that’s contributing to a hauntingly wide gap in revenue generation – may be the lack of online casino promotions on Canadian gaming sites.

Online Gambling Promotions Crippling Canada Online Casinos

According to the Criminal Code of Canada, gambling promotions are, for the most part, illegal. No gambling operator, online or on land, is permitted to entice a player to continue wagering beyond their means. They must also uphold strict responsibility guidelines, making it difficult to judge which promotional material is appropriate, and which is not.

Handing out free betting credits to entice new players to sign up at an online casino is a pretty clear violation of Canada’s gambling laws. Thus you won’t find any ‘welcome bonus packages‘ at sites like Playnow (BC , Manitoba), PlayOLG (Ontario) or EspaceJeux (Quebec).

However, you will find these in abundance at offshore online casinos. They are extremely prominent, often promoting $1,000 or more in bonuses to new players. The value of these bonuses continue to increase over time, due to the exponentially competitive nature of the internet gambling industry. But not here in Canada.

Canada Can’t Win Without Online Casino Promotions

Without any form of promotions, it’s extremely difficult for Canada online casinos to compete with their offshore rivals. It’s not just welcome bonuses that are grabbing the attention of players, but continual promo offers. Make another deposit, get another bonus. It’s your birthday? Here’s another bonus. Climbing the VIP ladder? Here’s an even bigger bonus!

The promotional offerings from internationally regulated casinos that accept Canadians are incredibly enticing. If provincial regulators aren’t allowed to do something similar – even on a much smaller scale – convincing players in BC, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec to choose them over offshore sites will only become more difficult.

Who’s Really Losing Out? Revenue vs. Responsibility

When it comes to responsibility, Canadian gambling laws do make sense. The nation is on a narrow track in its efforts to reduce at-risk and problem gambling. As journalist Russel Wangersky of The Telegram points out, promotions of this nature would be terrible for a recovering gambling addict.

“It would be the equivalent of the liquor store sending a recovering alcoholic a coupon for a free flask of vodka,” he says.

In Wangersky’s case, the issue arose when he received a free $20 voucher in the mail from Atlantic Lotto to place bets at ALC.com. His story went a bit deeper though.

Back in late 2014, in order to fulfill due diligence in an investigative report, he joined ALC.com and dropped $20 in his account. He then wagered his way through it, playing various online lotto games, and went about writing his article. With his account tapped out, he let it go dormant.

Then all of a sudden, just last week – more than 3 years later – he received a plain white envelope in the mail. No return address or other information was visible on the envelope. Inside was letter that began, “We miss you!”. It was from Atlantic Lotto, who missed him so much they sent him a free $20 betting coupon.

“I’m glad I’m not a recovering gambling addict,” says Wangersky, who went on to analogize the situation with a recovering alcoholic enticed by free liquor.

It brings into focus two questions. First and foremost, is the ALC in violation of Canada’s gambling laws with that kind of material? And second, would a potential spike in problem gambling be worth the vast increase in revenue that legalizing Canada online casino promotions could create?

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Dec 21

ALC can’t compete with offshore online gambling in Atlantic Canada.

Offshore Online Gambling in Atlantic CanadaFor years, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC) has provided residence of its associative provinces with a limited variety of online gambling services. For most of those years, they’ve implored local governments to allow an expansion of those products. Yet for all those years, they’ve been denied.

Now, with new research emerging and legislative changes brewing to the south, the provinces of Atlantic Canada may be forced to listen, or suffer potentially disastrous consequences. If the latest research report – in particular the industry forecast – is to be believed, these provinces are losing a lot of money, and could lose a lot more in the coming years.

Offshore Online Gambling Offers Better Options

There are a lot of things you can do online in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island (collectively Atlantic Canada). Residence can purchase lottery draw tickets and instant win tickets online. They can play instant bingo games. They can even participate in Canada’s infamous Pro-Line sports betting.

However, there are many more things that residence aren’t permitted to do – at least, not on the ALC website. Online casino games like slot machines, table games and video poker are off the menu. Online poker is not an option either. It may be the online sports betting limitations that are having the most notable effect on potential players.

Atlantic Canadians Prefer Straight-Up Sports Betting Online

According to the latest review by H2 Gambling Capital, residents of Atlantic Canada spent a staggering $90 million wagering at offshore sportsbooks from January to November 2017. Offshore casinos raked in $28.9 million, and online poker $18.9 million.

That may not seem like much compared to the $60 billion US citizens spent betting online with offshore companies. But it’s still a much larger number than the $10 million Atlantic Canadians spent buying Pro-Lines at ALC.ca.

To make matters worse, H2 Gambling Capital doesn’t think it will get any better any time soon. The research firm predicted that figure – the $90 million spent on offshore sports betting – will increase by 80% by 2022.

US Legal Climate Could Bring Change to AC

The United States has done a much better job of regulating online gambling. In states where it’s authorized, offshore operators tend to keep their distance. With valid threats from the US Department of Justice looming, who can blame them? That’s certainly not the case in Canadian provinces, where offshore online gambling is considered a ‘gray market‘ that the federal government doesn’t have time for.

There’s a big issue brewing in the federal waters below the 49th parallel, though. The US is on the cusp of legalizing sports gambling. If that occurs, the odds are very high that more states will legalize online gambling to get in on that highly lucrative action.

Atlantic Canada is already having a terrible time competing with offshore companies. If our neighbors to the south manage to succeed in ousting international rivals, and delivering a product their ganlbing enthusiasts can appreciate, there’s every chance Canada will follow in step.

It could mean the Atlantic provinces will, 1) open the doors to online casino and poker gambling, and 2) push the federal government for a better, more competitive sports betting market.

Due to federal law, Canadian provinces may only offer Pro-Line sports betting, which means betting “parlay” style. For years, we were forced to select 3+ contests. That number recently recently dropped to 2+. But every pick has to win to collect a prize, resulting in terrible odds.

Offshore online gambling sites, on the other hand, offer much better odds on single-event bets. If Canada doesn’t do something soon, the amount of revenue flowing out to offshore online gambling from Atlantic Canada is only going to grow.

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