A Full List of Sports Betting Sites & Online Casinos Launching in Canada
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Right away, it’s become a line shoppers’ paradise — in Ontario at least.
There are 27 different sportsbooks launching or planning to launch Monday in Ontario, as the barrier to entry is much lower than in many U.S. states.
Those include nine books that have a presence in the United States (or did, in the case of 888):
And many others that are exclusive to Canada or not operating in the U.S. This list includes both sportsbooks and online casino sites (iGaming).
- Ontario Lottery
- Royal Panda
Canada Sports Betting History
Sports betting has actually been legal in Canada since 1985 but only parlay betting was allowed. Single-game wagering (like a single point spread) was not allowed.
Then Canada passed the Safe and Regulated Sports Gaming Act in June 2021, allowing provinces to regulate single-game online sports betting, online betting wasn’t expressly illegal.
The Safe and Regulated Sports Gaming Act also legalized iGaming. Most providers will also launch online casino apps Monday, which Americans only have access to in Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
On size alone, Ontario’s sports betting and iGaming industry should compete with many U.S. states.
It should be easy for more operators to get into the fold, as Ontario does not require providers to partner with land-based gaming entities to enter the online market. It costs just $100,000 for operators to enter, with a 20% tax rate. The licensing free is on the lower side compared to most U.S. states, while the 20% tax rate isn’t the lowest but is much better than New York’s 51%.