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Last updated: November 29, 2021

Single-game sports betting in Canada became legal in August 2021, as provinces now can regulate and tax wagering. Canadian lawmakers took action in June 2021 to expand sports betting in Canada, passing C-218, a bill amending the nation’s criminal code to allow for single-game wagers. Provinces will be able to regulate sports betting much in the same way as U.S. states do — individually. The law became effective Aug. 27, at which point many provincial lotteries began to launch single-event CA sports betting products.

Canada Sports Betting Key Takeaways

Is online sports betting in Canada legal?

Yes, betting on sports is legal in Canada.  However, there are major restrictions compared to legal U.S. sports betting. Canadians previously could only bet parlays, but that changed in August 2021. Parliament voted to amend the Criminal Code to allow for betting on single games.

What are the eligibility requirements for mobile betting?

In Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec, the minimum age to gamble is 18.

In the other seven provinces (British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan) the legal age to gamble is 19.

What sports will I be able to bet on?

Canada bettors can bet on all the major league sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL) and the Canadian Football League.

Canada Sports Betting Background

Single-game wagering was not explicitly legal in Canada until Aug. 27, 2021. There was some ambiguity in Canadian law — it wasn’t explicitly illegal either — so many of our friends up North have been betting with European bookmakers and other offshore operators for years. 

Recently, Canadian lawmakers have worked diligently to change and amend the laws/criminal code to explicitly authorize provinces to allow single-game wagering in their jurisdictions. This law (C-218) was passed on June 23, 2021, now makes it lawful for provinces to regulate and administer single-game sports betting as of 27.

Bill C-218: Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act

Feb. 17, 2021 Passed

Amends paragraph 207(4)‍(b) of the Criminal Code to make it legal to bet on races, sporting events, fights, or races other than horse races.

Full Bill Details

Canada has 10 provinces and three territories and they all have been offering parlay-style sports betting (combo bet that links multiple wagers) as well as casino games and lotteries run by one of the five lottery commissions operating in the country. Each province will now decide if/when they want to offer single-game sports betting. 

Sports betting in Canada has been legal for a long time (since 1985), just not single-game sports betting. Lottery-run parlay betting is nothing new to Canadians. These online sportsbooks run by the lotteries are almost identical to the ones offered in the states with all major sports markets available. The only big difference is that it was parlay only, meaning that you’d have to make two or more wagers per bet.

The passing of C-218 has tried to eliminate some of the ambiguity that’s been associated with sports betting. Canadian bettors have been placing wagers on offshore sites as it’s not explicitly illegal, but it’s a little hazy on the legality. Canadians haven’t been prosecuted for using offshore sportsbooks and there’s no grounds to investigate or prosecute the sportsbooks themselves either. This has opened up the doors for various sites from the global market to offer their sites to Canadian bettors. This was a huge factor in the passing of C-218. As you can imagine, keeping that tax revenue inside Canada would be hugely beneficial. 

Canadian Sports Betting MarketThe Upside of Canadian Sports Betting: A Look at Ontario

Gambling Compliance Company VIXIO forecasts the online Ontario sports betting market could generate total gross revenue of $777 million (C$989 million) in its first year. It also predicts the market will grow to $1.46 billion (C$1.86 billion) by 2026 — making it one of the largest online gambling markets in North America.

Canada Online Sports Betting's Likely Sportsbook Contenders

The regulatory process and licensing structure are just getting built, so it’s too early to say what platforms will be available and when they’ll launch, and where they’ll be offered. There are some major platforms that have announced interest/intentions of breaking into the Canadian sports betting scene. These are: 

  • TheScore Bet: This is a Canadian company already operating live in a handful of U.S. states. 
  • BetMGM: Great reputation, and one of the biggest online sportsbooks in the U.S. There are plans to build a large casino in Calgary, Alberta.
  • PointsBet: This operator has announced a Chief Commercial Officer for Canadian operations.
  • DraftKings: Member of the Canadian Gaming Association and currently operates DFS (daily fantasy sports) games in Canada. 
  • FanDuel: Currently offers DFS games in Canada,
  • Hard Rock: Member of the Canadian Gaming Association and owns casinos located in Ottawa (opening soon) and Vancouver.  
  • Caesars: Owns a casino in Windsor, Ontario. Member of the Canadian Gaming Association. 

Supporters of Canadian Single-Game Sports Betting

  • All the Major American Sports Leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) have publicly supported efforts to legalize sports betting and have recently partnered with various sportsbooks.
  • The Canadian Football League (CFL) has vigorously endorsed C-218, believing it will lead to increased ratings, fan engagement and promotional opportunities that will increase league revenue.
  • Unsurprisingly, sports betting companies and their trade association, the Canadian Gaming Association, have endorsed C-218 and are very excited about its recent passage. They are hoping that some, if not all, of the provinces, will allow additional competition aside from the lottery commissions that currently offer sports betting.

Supporting Associations for Canadian Sports Betting

Canada News

Sportsbooks currently available for Canada

BetRivers

Rush Street Interactive (RSI), which operates BetRivers has expanded its presence to Canada launching on October 14th, 2021. The free-to-play platform, which includes both sportsbook and online casino offerings, is available to all residents of Ontario aged 19 and older. This platform includes more than 350 online slot and table games, loyalty and bonus features, as well as single-game and parlay betting. Canada marks the third country in which RSI is operational, joining the US and Colombia.

Proline+ Online Sports Betting

Proline is a betting service provided by most Canadian provinces that allows Canadian-based customers to wager on a variety of sports. The odds are set by the OLG (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation). This sportsbook went live on Aug. 27, 2021, and will have a head start on any potential outside competition, which won’t be entering the Ontario market until 2022. Pro-Line offers a convenient way to bet on sports at any location where lotto tickets are sold, along with online wagering.

PlayNow

When it comes to betting on sports in either British Columbia or Manitoba, many lean on a Canadian-run sports betting site called PlayNow. The website is run out of British Columbia, and regulated by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC). 

PlayNow Welcome Offer

$20 Sign Up Bonus for new customers

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PlayNow Promotions

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Single event betting is here and we're celebrating with a $250 Match Deposit for current and new players to bet on your favorite games.

How to Participate:

  1. Sign up or Log in and use promo code SINGLEBET.
  2. Make a single deposit up to $250 into your PlayNow account.
  3. Bet through your deposit amount and receive free bet tokens to the amount of your deposit.
  4. Your free bets will be provided in FIVE equal increments at 20% of your deposit amount.
    eg. $200 sports free bets will be split into 5 x $40 freebets.

Bet-Back Bonus

The Bet-Back Bonus gives you a chance to win a matched Freebet up to $100 when your bet loses. Players can only qualify for one Freebet per promotion; applies to first qualifying bet placed.

Bet365

Residents of Canada are advised that Bet365 is a much better way to get their game on. Single bets are placed quickly and easily on this sports betting platform. By providing excellent customer service, exceptional betting odds and great bonuses, its no surprise Bet365 is Canada’s favorite online sportsbook. In 2016 Bet365 was awarded the No. 1 spot on the E-Gaming Review Power 50 betting companies, and continue to win industry awards and accolades year after year.

Sportsbook Offerings by Canadian Province

Sports Betting in Ontario

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: December 2021

🔍 Expected Operators: theScore Bet, PointsBet, BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings

Check out our Ontario Sports Betting Review->

Proline is the sports betting option that is offered by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). It’s currently offering the parlay-wagering that’s been legal in Canada but they’ve announced that they will be launching Proline+ which is set to offer online single-game wagering as well as live betting options. Players will have access to 1000’s more betting options than currently. They are planning on having this up and live by the start of the 2021 NFL season. 

Proline (OGL) is expected to have stiff competition in Ontario. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has announced that they’ve established and tasked a subsidiary, iGaming Ontario, for creating and regulating an open online gaming market. iGaming Ontario will start entering into commercial agreements later in the year with operators. We expecting to see theScore Bet, PointsBet, BetMGM, FanDuel and DraftKings enter the market as soon as they’re able, looking like it’ll be December 2021. 

As of October 14, 2021, BetRivers launched a free-to-play online casino and sportsbook and is available now on all mobile devices, tablets, desktop and laptop computers for Ontario residents aged 19 and older. 

 

Sports Betting in Quebec

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: December 2021

🔍 Expected Operators: theScore Bet, PointsBet, BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings

Check out our Quebec Sports Betting Review->

Residents of Quebec can use platform called Mise-O-Jeu to play online sports wagering. It’s run by the provincial lottery agency, Loto-Quebec. They’re currently the only provincial regulated platform for online sports betting. Mise-O-Jeu will offer single game sports wagering on their platform come Aug. 27. Quebec Officials have yet to announce if they will offer outside sportsbook operators.  

Sports Betting in British Columbia

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: December 2021

🔍 Current Operators: Play Now

Check out our British Columbia Sports Betting Review->

Play Now is British Colombia’s province-run lottery and sportsbook operator. Play Now is a great platform that is polished and easy to navigate, and have announced they will offer single-game sports betting as soon as they’re able, Aug. 27, 2021. No word yet on whether additional operators will be permitted in BC. 

The Atlantic Provinces: (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador)

The Atlantic Provinces have joined forces and all offer lottery games and sports betting offered by the Atlantic Lottery. The offerings vary from province to province as each one is individually responsible to enact/make laws and regulations related to online sports betting/casino games. The online sports betting that can be done on this site is called Proline Stadium. The Atlantic Lottery has publicly stated they can add single-game wagering easily to their existing platform and will do it as soon as the provinces legalize it. These provinces have yet to announce whether they plan to legalize it, now that they’re able to do so under C-218. We’ll have to wait and see on this one. 

Sports Betting in New Brunswick

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline:  December 2021

🔍 Expected Operators: ProLine+

The province of New Brunswick offers sports betting and gaming enthusiasts a number of different ways to play, including paper-based lotteries and sports betting games, land-based casinos. Gaming and sports betting activities in New Brunswick are governed by the province's Gaming Control Act, which was passed into law by the provincial legislature in 2008. According to the Act, a corporation called the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation (NBLGC) is mandated to organize, operate and manage all regulated gaming and provincial lottery.

Sports Betting in Nova Scotia

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: December 2021

🔍 Expected Operators: ProLine+

Sports betting in Nova Scotia is legal, and it’s managed by the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation. In turn, they have entrusted the operation of video lottery and ticket products to the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. Online gambling isn’t illegal in Nova Scotia, but they also haven’t embraced the practice with a provincial-run online gaming site like some parts of Canada. Despite the government’s reluctance to offer such diversions to the public, residents can still hunt down virtual sportsbooks and place bets without having to worry about legal difficulties.

Sports Betting in Prince Edward Island

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: December 2021

🔍 Expected Operators: ProLine+

Prince Edward Island sports betting features a wealth of options for wagering fans in the province and across Canada. Residents have access to many outstanding sportsbooks, along with the choice to play through local sports lotteries. The best sportsbooks in Prince Edward Island include companies such as Sports Interaction (SIA), Bodog, Betway and William Hill. All of these service providers link PEI residents with an outstanding array of lines and odds.

Sports Betting in Newfoundland & Labrador

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: December 2021

🔍 Current Operators: Pro-Line+

Newfoundland & Labrador sports betting is legal with multiple services to make it easier for residents to wager on sports. Just like in the other provinces, sports betting is offered through the Proline product. The citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador can make Proline bets through licensed retailers found through the province, or online. 

Prairie Provinces: (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan – also includes Northwest Territories and the Nuvavut)

These Provinces combined forces to form the Western States Lottery Corporation (WSLC), which regulates and runs the lottery and sports betting. Sport Select is the WCLC sports betting platform available in the Prairie Provinces. Sport Select hasn’t yet indicated whether they’ll offer single-game sports wagering on Aug. 27. They haven’t yet announced whether they’ll allow outside platforms/operators in the sportsbook market. 

Sports Betting in Alberta

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: December 2021(BetMGM)

🔍 Current Operators: Sport Select, Play-Alberta

Check out our Alberta Sports Betting Review->

Alberta is in the Prairie Provinces so residents can bet on the WSLC platform, Sport Select. In addition, Alberta has its own provincial-run online casino called Play-Alberta, which currently only offers online casino games. However, Play-Alberta has announced plans to incorporate an Alberta online sportsbook through their platform sometime in 2021 – hopefully soon now that single-game wagering is legal. We can bet that Alberta, which is a province more comfortable with gambling, as they have existing brick and mortar casinos, will offer outside sportsbooks soon.

Sports Betting in Manitoba

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: December 2021

🔍 Current Operators: PlayNow

Check out our Manitoba Sports Betting Review->

Bill C-218, the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act, paved the way for legal single-event wagering in Manitoba. Canada’s new sports betting legislation gave provinces the green light to offer single-game betting on Aug. 27, 2021 — and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries (MBLL) wasted no time. The PlayNow Sportsbook is the only provincially regulated option for bettors today. However, several industry mainstays intend to apply for licenses to operate in Manitoba if the MBLL chooses to expand its provincial offerings.

Sports Betting in Saskatchewan

❌ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: December 2021

🔍 Current Operators: Sport Select

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority regulate all gambling within the province, but they’ve turned over the day-to-day sports betting operation to the Saskatchewan Lotteries. In turn, this organization allows wagers on athletic competitions through a service known as Sport Select. Online gambling sites cannot be legally operated within the borders of Saskatchewan. However, there are a wide array of offshore casinos and sportsbooks that accept players from Saskatchewan, and residents can sign up and gamble without fear of any legal repercussions. 

Sports Betting in Northwest Territories

❌ Single Game Betting

❌ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: Not Yet Announced

🔍 Expected Operators: Pro-Line+

Sports betting is legal in the Northwest Territories, and NWT Lotteries oversees all gambling activities. Sport Select is a group of sports betting games offered by Canada's provincial governments and the Pro-Line product is the only one authorized. People 19 and older can legally wager on sports in the Northwest Territories. There aren’t any laws preventing residents of the Northwest Territories from betting online at offshore sportsbooks.

Sports Betting in Nunavet

❌ Single Game Betting

❌ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: Not Yet Announced

🔍 Expected Operators: Not Yet Announced

Sports betting and gaming activities in Nunavut are overseen by the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC). The legal grey area for online sports betting pertains to unlicensed sportsbooks. However, the reputable offshore sportsbooks hold a valid license from an international jurisdiction, making the law unenforceable.

Canada vs. U.S. Sports Betting

Right now, the sports betting markets in Canada and the U.S. look quite different. That will not be the case for long, though.

Every state in the US is free to decide for itself whether it wants legal sports betting within its borders.

To date, more than 80% of all states have at least pursued some form of legislation to bring sports betting into the legal era. The U.S. sports betting opportunity could become enormous in a short time as the adoption of mobile wagering increases. For example, the state of New Jersey alone saw more than $6 billion wagered in a year negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. As larger U.S. states including New York and Florida embrace mobile sports betting, that likely will grow exponentially.

A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) outlined the potential effect of single-game Canada betting. Within two years of legalization, PwC estimates the market could reach up to $2.4 billion CAD. Similarly, a Deloitte Canada report recently estimated Canadians could grow their legal sports betting market to $28 billion within just five years.

Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things like casinos. He’s a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.
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