Canadian Provinces Looking to Change Sports Betting Law

Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - Online-Casinos.com
Canadian Provinces Looking to Change Sports Betting Law
Gambling online or off is an age old pastime that is sure to continue whatever laws are enacted by the various governments around the world. So called illegal betting especially on sports continues everywhere without restriction mainly because authorities don’t have adequate tools to curb the activity. In jurisdictions such as Canada with close proximity to the USA and the ability to access recently legalized online sports betting there has created a situation where politicians are considering allowing residents of Canada the privilege to bet on single events. There are eleven provinces in Canada that currently have some form of gambling and there are 219 gambling venues in the nation although the laws are not consistent and vary among the specific provinces. Only the provincial governments can offer online gambling but First Nation tribes do not fall under this category. The Kahnawake First Nations Tribe located within the province of Quebec for example offers licenses to qualifying online gambling platforms around the world. The competition from international online gambling operators makes the provincial government operated online gambling uninteresting and restricted. Canadians utilizing unlicensed offshore gambling platforms while not legal are commonly used without the fear of prosecution or reprisals. Looking at the reality that around ninety percent of Canada’s population lives very close to the border with the USA there is the constant flow of funds heading south for online sports betting. There have been attempts in the past to change the dynamic in Canada where restricted sports betting laws are being questioned. The revenue lost to offshore betting activity is a factor politicians can’t ignore for long. Ontario’s finance minister Vic Fedeli has written to the federal finance minister, Bill Morneau, regarding a change to the law on sports betting. He is requesting a change in the Criminal Code of Canada in order to allow betting on single games in the province. Changes in the law take a long time so it will not be happening any time soon.

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