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A Timeline of Sports Betting Legalization in Ontario

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Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images. Pictured: Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri.

Ontario online sports betting will finally launch on April 4, 2022 after a highly-anticipated wait.

Parlay and some other forms of betting have been legal in Canada for a long-time, but this will bring full-scale, single-game wagering to the country this spring.

Here’s a timeline recap of how sports betting became legalized in Canada’s most-populous province.

  • June 2021: The AGCO established iGaming Ontario and the Senate passed Bill C-218, which allowed sportsbooks to apply for a license to officially begin sports betting across Canada.
  • August 2021: The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) opens Proline and single-game wagering launches across Canada on Aug. 27.
  • December 2021: Any registered operator with iGaming Ontario may start offering their sports betting service to Ontario residents.
  • April 2022: Online sports betting will launch on April 4 with up to a dozen sportsbook operators expected to join the market.

The largest market in Canada and second to New York will likely draw up to a dozen sportsbook operators and be the most historic sports betting launch in The Great White North’s history.

BetRivers will be the first sportsbook outside of Canada to launch in Ontario. PointsBet was also approved this week to launch in April, and theScore is also expected to be a big player in the province in the early going.

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