Canada's Online Sports Betting Laws Reviewed Again

Published Saturday, April 16, 2016 -
Canada's Online Sports Betting Laws Reviewed Again

The gambling laws in Canada are out of date and are in need of review if not a total overhaul to bring the various jurisdictions within the country in line. During the last administration there were positive steps being made to change at least one aspect of the wagering laws that are current. The introduction of Bill C-290 during the former Conservative government’s regime was dismissed by the Canadian Senate or Upper House of parliament after it had concluded the required three readings in the House of Commons. The Bill was to change the law regarding the single-game wagering legislation.

Canada’s provincial gambling monopolies are limited to offering only parlay sports wagering under the current laws. The governments of the provinces which have their own online gambling enterprises think that giving the punter the opportunity to wager on single-games will allow them to compete in an expanding offshore licensed and regulated environment which Canadian gamblers tend to be attracted to.

Now NDP MP Brian Masse has introduced Bill C-221, known as the Safe & Regulated Sports Betting Act, which would amend Canada’s criminal code. Masse represents the Windsor-West constituency and just recently the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce issued a statement that it was convening a strategy session in the capital the day before Bill C-221 is due to have its second reading. The strategy session will also involve representatives of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Labor Congress, the Canadian Gaming Association and other industry stakeholders all of whom are eager to see the bill passed.

The sports gambling bill is not anywhere near going through yet as in the case of the ill fated Bill C290 it must go through the third reading and debate in the House of Commons and the Senate where opposition may come from the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball which voiced concerns last time.



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