Gambling in Canada has always been a popular pastime, with horse racing, lotteries, sports betting, and casino gaming all being popular over the years. Today, gambling is now easier than ever, thanks to the rise of online gambling. The internet is home to a wide range of gambling sites, offering everything from sports betting to poker and casino games. Players can sign up, make a deposit and start playing for real money.
Online gambling offers a major advantage over traditional forms of gambling. It’s much more convenient. An online casino or sportsbook can be used at any time of the day and without needing to travel anywhere. On top of this, most modern online gambling sites can be accessed using a mobile device such as a smartphone. It’s no surprise to see online gambling is fast becoming the most popular way to bet money.
Canadians are increasingly signing up to online gambling sites, taking their pick from a range of sportsbooks, casinos, and poker sites. However, online gambling isn’t legal in every province. Below is a list of all Canadian provinces with more information about which ones allow you to gamble online.
Alberta offers land-based casino gaming and betting regulated by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. If residents want to gamble online, they’ll need to sign up at a licensed offshore gambling site.
Ontario offers a government-regulated gambling site for residents to sign up to and play at. OLG.ca provides access to hundreds of casino games, including slots and table games, as well as single-event and live betting markets. Online slots you can play in Ontario include the latest releases from the best developers.
British Columbia is home to Canada’s best-paying lottery and was also the first region in North America to offer legal online gambling. BC province offers online casino gaming and sports betting through the government-regulated PlayNow site.
The province of Manitoba recently partnered with British Columbia to offer PlayNow to its residents too. This means that anyone over the age of nineteen can legally sign up and place bets in Manitoba.
New Brunswick has a very small population but is home to two land-based casinos. When it comes to online gambling, residents can sign up and enjoy offshore sites.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador doesn’t allow online casinos or sportsbooks to operate within the province. Residents will need to sign up and play at offshore sites instead.
Atlantic Lottery operates within Nova Scotia, offering lottery games, bingo, scratch cards, and more at video terminals and online. For online sports betting and casinos, residents can sign up to offshore betting sites.
Nunavut is the least populated of any Canadian province and doesn’t offer any form of gambling, online or otherwise. For now, the only way to gamble in this province is through offshore casinos and sportsbooks.
The Northwest Territories of Canada offer sports betting and lottery online. 33% of profits from these sites go back to local communities. If you’d like to play at an online casino, you’ll need to sign up to an offshore site.
Prince Edward Island
There aren’t many gambling options in Prince Edward Island, with offshore sites being the only accessible way to gamble online.
Quebec offers online gambling in the form of casino gaming and lottery games through the government-regulated Loto-Quebec site.
Saskatchewan is home to several land-based casinos that are regulated by the local government. However, the province is missing online gambling. Residents will need to sign up to offshore sites to play.
Home to Canada’s first-ever casino, Yukon doesn’t have many gambling options, with residents mostly signing up to play at offshore casinos and sportsbooks.