Canada's Open Online Gambling Industry Under Threat

Published Wednesday, July 04, 2018 -
Canada's Open Online Gambling Industry Under Threat

Canada has been growing quickly over the last 150 years and has become a very Liberal nation that will even include the legalization of cannabis for recreational use on October 17th 2018.

The attitude of Canada that the citizens deserve to have the freedom to choose a vise and voice their opinion on all matters is part of the new identity. While other nations are keeping refugees out Canada is allowing more in. Online gambling is an example of a pastime many people enjoy in Canada and the rules are lacking in clarity.

Not all jurisdictions or provinces and territories have the same online betting regulations with Ontario Quebec and British Columbia being the main government operators. The provincial casinos, PlayNow, Espacejeux, and PlayOLG, have been finding it difficult to compete when the legislation which states it is legal to bet online, provided the online casino or poker site does not have a physical presence in Canada.

The gambling industry in Canada made $17.3 billion CND.last year and it is expected to grow. The province of Quebec is trying to stop the competitive offshore gambling websites from cashing in with legislation to block at the ISP level.In 2016 the government in Quebec passed Bill 74 which  included a provision to force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block international online casino operators. A consortium of ISPs, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), formally filed complaint to the national body governing telecommunications, the CRTC, considered the only organisation who legally have jurisdiction in this case. The CRTC came back with a recommendation that the law was unconstitutional and that they alone, along with the Government of Canada, have jurisdiction A court decision on this is pending. If the case goes in favour of the Quebec ruling Canada could go from one of the most open societies in the world to one that restricts free speech and freedom on the internet.



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