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Last updated: January 10, 2022

Single-game sports betting in Canada became legal in August 2021, as provinces now can regulate and tax wagering. Canadian lawmakers passed C-218, a bill to allow 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 their sportsbooks for Canadian residents.

Canada Sports Betting Key Takeaways

Is sports betting in Canada legal? Sports betting is legal in Canada. Until August 2021, Canadian sports bettors were only allowed to bet parlays, but now there are no restrictions after parliament changed its Criminal Code.
What are the eligibility requirements for betting?

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

In the other seven provinces (British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, 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 and will eventually launch in Canada sometime in 2022. 
  • 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

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Sportsbooks currently available in Canada

Rush Street Interactive (RSI), which operates BetRivers has expanded its presence to Canada launching on October 14th, 2021. This platform 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 as well as single-game and parlay betting.

PROLINE+ Review | Should I Bet at PROLINE+?

Proline is a betting service provided by most Canadian provinces (Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec) that allows Canadian residents to bet on a variety of sports. This sportsbook went live on Aug. 27, 2021, and will have a leg up on any potential U.S. sportsbooks. Proline offers ways to bet on sports at any location where lotto tickets are sold, along with online wagering. However, the odds and operations of this sportsbook are run by the lotteries of the respected provinces.

PlayNow

Play Now is a Canada-based sports betting service that is only available in British Columbia. The sportsbook is 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 Sports Freebets.

Bet-Back Bonus

The Bet-Back Bonus gives you a chance to win a matched Sports Freebet up to $100 when your bet loses. Players can only qualify for one Sports 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, it's no surprise Bet365 is Canada’s favorite online sportsbook.

Sportsbook Offerings by Canadian Province

Sports Betting in Ontario

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: Early 2022

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

Check out our Ontario Sports Betting Review->

Looks like Ontario will be the first province that will allow U.S. sportsbooks. Ontario is the host of one of the most popular NHL teams in Canada, the Toronto Maple Leafs. They may use this organization and arena as leverage for future partnerships with sportsbooks. Furthermore, being close to the U.S. border helps their case a bit more compared to other provinces. this can lead to easy access from U.S. residents to also bet in Canada.

 

Sports Betting in Québec

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: Early 2022

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

Check out our Québec Sports Betting Review->

Residents of Québec can use the platform called Mise-o-jeu to play online sports wagering. It’s run by the provincial lottery agency, Loto-Québec. They’re currently the only provincial regulated platform for online sports betting. Mise-o-jeu offers single-game sports wagering on their platform and while it doesn't compare to Proline's capabilities, it's better than no option.

Sports Betting in British Columbia

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: Early 2022

🔍 Current Operators: Play Now

Check out our British Columbia Sports Betting Review->

Play Now is British Columbia’s only sportsbook operator. Play Now is a sportsbook that has made strides since Canada signed the C-218 bill. They began to offer promos and welcome offers for new bettors for BC residents. Besides sports betting, PlayNow offers casino games like poker and slots for players who are into casino gaming. Lastly, their website is designed for a sportsbook so they are ahead of local competitors as of now. 

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: Not Yet Announced

🔍 Expected Operators: Proline+

New Brunswick offers sports betting, paper lotteries and land casinos for gaming aficionados. The Gaming Control Act governs the province's sports betting and gaming activities. Per the Act, the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation (NBLGC) organizes and oversees gaming and the lottery.

Sports Betting in Nova Scotia

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: Not Yet Announced

🔍 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: Not Yet Announced

🔍 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. All of these service providers link PEI residents with an outstanding array of lines and odds.

Sports Betting in Newfoundland and Labrador

✅ Single Game Betting

✅ Live Betting

⏱️ Timeline: Not Yet Announced

🔍 Current Operators: Proline+

Newfoundland and Labrador sports betting is legal with multiple services to make it easier for residents to wager on sports. Proline is the sports betting operator, and wagers can be placed with 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: Early 2022

🔍 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: Early 2022

🔍 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: Not Yet Announced

🔍 Current Operators: Sport Select

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority oversees gambling in the province, but the Saskatchewan Lotteries looks over the daily sports betting operations. The Saskatchewan Lotteries accepts sports wagers through its Sport Select service. 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: Proline+

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 Proline 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

From a broad point of view, the U.S. has an overall larger sports fan base than Canada. With 50 states, the population of sports fans are definitely outnumbered. However, Canada can take on the U.S. in one particular sport: Ice hockey. This sport is a staple in Canada and with most of the Canadien residents born as hockey fans, the total number of bets for just the NHL can do a number for the U.S. But, that remains to be seen. 

Looking at sports betting economically, almost every U.S. state that has become legalized brought much more revenue than predicted. This means Canada's provinces, especially Ontario, will need to produce some crazy numbers.

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