Single-event sports betting in Canada is finally becoming a legal reality, punters in the country will be allowed to place their bets on single games starting August 27, according to the country’s Justice Minister.
David Lametti, Canada’s federal Justice Minister, made the much-anticipated announcement at a news conference at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls. The minister announced that Bill C-218, which was approved by the Parliament in June, will effectively come into force on August 27.
The minister added that the new law will not only give Canadians the opportunity to pace their bets on individual events, but do it “in a regulated and safe environment.” The Canadian Gaming Association estimated that players in Canada used to spend 14 billion dollars per year on bets made with offshore companies or illegal bookmakers linked to organized crime.
The new legislation was heavily backed both by Canada’s most prominent sports leagues, including the Canadian Football League (CFL) and National Hockey League (NHL), and by the biggest names in the iGaming industry such as theScore, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis.