A change in Canada’s gambling laws is coming

Published on March 21, 2016 in Industry News

CanadaOnline gambling around the world has been received, rejected, and restricted in many different ways. In many countries online gambling has also been given a chance to mature and succeed, as well as be correctly regulated.

While many countries still restrict online gambling in every way, it hasn’t stopped punters from seeking their fortune elsewhere online. Due to the prevalence of illegal online gambling activity, many countries are making changes to their strict laws.

Changes to Canada’s laws

Canada is one particular country that is making changes to their current laws. The provincial governments have even attempted to draw punters away from overseas operators by offering online gambling in their provinces. Provincial governments have the right to do so due to the amendment of the Criminal Code in 1985. The new laws allow these individual governments the right to offer lottery schemes to their residents.

In Canada, the term “lottery schemes” includes much more than what you may consider to be a lottery. With a broad description, lotteries in Canada are not restricted to, and can also include bingo, card games (such as poker), sports betting, and fantasy sports betting. These schemes can also include online betting of different kinds.

Lost revenue

One of the largest drawbacks when restricting online gambling in any country is the loss of huge potential revenue. And Canada has come to realise this fact. Due to these losses and a push for legalisation, Canada has started processes that could turn the wheels of change. 

One particular province that is ready to make changes and move forward with new online gambling and online casino laws is Quebec. The start of this plan is order ISPs to block unlicensed (and therefore illegal) gambling sites. 

It’s vital for Canadian lawmakers to clear up grey areas and help draw businesses that could potentially grow the industry instead of harming it.