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Single-event Sport Gambling in Canada to become Legal as Bill C-218 clears Senate

Tags: Canada, gambling law, gambling regulation.
Posted on 23 June 2021 by "T".

Betting on single games of hockey, football and other sports will soon become legal in Canada.

Legislation that allows Canadians to legally bet on single football, hockey and other sports events has cleared the Senate, which means royal assent is the final step before Bill C-218 finally becomes law.

Bill C-218, a private member's bill that amends Criminal Code provisions around gambling on single sports games (currently illegal except for horse racing), has been approved on June 22, 2021 by the Senate, in an attempt to win back customers from US casinos, illegal bookmakers and offshore sites.

The legislation has been accepted by the Canadian Football League, National Hockey League and other professional sports. It has also received support from a tight-knit equestrian community that is constantly wary of casinos and foreign gambling sites encroaching on its turf.

The Canadian Gaming Association has welcomed the possibility of working with provincial partners as a result of this decision. CEO of the CGA Paul Burns said, "This is a major milestone and achievement for the Canadian gaming industry. The CGA has been working to legalize single-event sports betting for more than 10 years and this bill benefited from a groundswell of broad stakeholder support across the country."

In Canada, a bill must be given royal assent by the Governor General prior to officially becoming an act of Parliament. Chief Justice Richard Wagner will perform this duty in this case. The bill would then become law on a date set by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet.

The quest to end the ban in single-game betting in Canada has been followed closely by gambling operators in Canada and overseas, ready to pounce on a new market expected to be worth billions of dollars.

Once the bill has been granted royal assent, the Canadian provinces will have the authority to provide a legal, safe and controlled sports betting option to residents and to impose strong wagering rules and regulations for the whole country.



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4 comments on "Single-event Sport Gambling in Canada to become Legal as Bill C-218 clears Senate"

 dule-vu23/06/2021 23:41:47 GMT
didnt know that canada had this kind of rules for such a long time and that players couldnt make single event bets!now after so many years probably they see how much money they lose with this rule and they want to take some of that money and not to have ilegal gambling in their country!we will see how this will affect on players!
 CALICUL24/06/2021 13:34:18 GMT
now bettors in Canada can breathe very easily, because the national gambling agency from this country made a very good decision. Legalizing gambling around the world would bring an extra confidence and the players will be very happy.
 dule-vu25/06/2021 09:37:25 GMT
after so many years of gambling,no matter is it betting,casino or poker,I still learn something new about rules in some country and example like this how they couldnt make single bets and thing like this and that they will change it now for players!
ofcourse this will be great for all players in canada,to bet on what they like and not what they must!
 CALICUL25/06/2021 14:00:33 GMT
Betting will be normal for many Canadians because they have a history of online games, where they won handsome sums at the games where they participated. They need solid rules to function legally and now they received this opportunity. It is a good thing.

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