- Single-game wagering has officially launched in Canadian provinces British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.
- These are the first four provinces to single-game bets since the passing of C-218.
- Canada’s goal was to have betting available in time for the 2021-2022 NFL season.
ONTARIO – Single sporting event wagering is now live in Canada in the British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec provinces.
These are the first provinces to have regulated sports betting industries following the passing of C-218 into Canada’s lawbooks. The bill, now law, allows for provinces to regulate their own betting markets should they wish to; similar to the US when PASPA was repealed.
The Great White North has succeeded in launching its initial fully regulated markets in time for the 2021-2022 NFL season. The new era for regulated sports betting in Canada has officially begun.
Canada Sports Betting Market Is Live
Single Event Sports Betting Now Legal Across Canada! – https://t.co/P5oIgxq9RA
— Canadian Gaming Association (@CanadianGaming) August 27, 2021
Canada started with wager pools through the Canada Lottery to be made by residents prior to the passing of C-218 so local players already have a history of betting on sports to some capacity in the country.
With the launches of sports gaming platforms in the four provinces, sports gambling fans will be able to experience single wagers, parlays, futures, and all other forms of full-service Las Vegas-style sports betting.
“This is a fantastic day for the Canadian gaming industry,” said Paul Burns, President, and CEO of the CGA. “Provinces will finally be able to offer a modern sports betting product and put regulations in place to ensure that customer, athlete, and match-fixing protections are included.”
Having the market live in time for NFL betting was a wise move for the provinces that have moved forward with their industries as the NFL is one of the most wagered on sporting events every year. Local sportsbooks will surely see a lot of activity right out of the gate.
New Sportsbooks Arrive
Ontario alone has 24 retail operations that will be hosting betting lines this NFL season including a Caesars Sportsbook that will be active in Windsor. This operation is regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.
Ontario has also launched its local ProLine+ product with its rollout. British Columbia is building a similar product and is set to launch its PlayNow offering soon. Both these products will be used in smaller provinces as well.
“The CGA looks forward to working in partnership with Provincial governments and our members – casino operators, gaming technology suppliers, and sports book operators – as they move forward with their plans to legally offer single-event sports betting” said Burns.
With single-game wagering officially live in Canada, local bettors have even more options to get in on the action than ever before.
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