Online gambling is a very popular activity among Canadians of all ages. At the same time, this pastime is still in the grey area due to unclear laws. In brief words, the country was completely against gambling until the 70s. The first step towards legalization was taken in 1970 when certain activities were adopted as user-friendly. Since 1985, the territories and provinces were granted the possibility to allow or deny gambling activities on their territory.
Nowadays, there are quite a few provinces that started running online and land based casinos. The following seven facts presented in this article aim to clarify this aspect.
- The Criminal Code is the official document that certifies the legality of a certain activity. It is important to understand that there is nowhere specified that online gambling is illegal.
- There was absolutely no person charged for gambling online. This industry faced a real boom in the last few years and there are many people who opt for this hobby. However, nobody had to face legal procedures.
- The Canadian law (unlike the US law where the states do not allow people to operate virtual gambling sites) states that provinces have the right to decide whether they accept or not to license online casinos.
- It is legal to wager on sports, as the Criminal Code allows citizens to bet on three or more matches.
- There are various poker sites available and Canadians are free to try the one they find the most appealing.
- If you gamble for fun, you need to know that there are no taxes you need to worry about. However, if you are a professional gambler you must not forget about the taxes.
- It is also important to know that the online gambling world is well kept under control in Canada. The Kahnawake Gambling Commission runs sites and also regulates virtual casinos.
It can be concluded that Canadians are free to gamble online without any problem. It is up to each player to find a trustworthy casino that promotes high-quality services and a great variety of games.