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Ontario Consults With Quebec Over Online Gambling

The Canadian province of Ontario has announced that it has been speaking to the province of Quebec to help keep unlicensed online betting operators out of their betting markets.

The two provinces have legal online betting in their jurisdictions, but are combating offshore unlicensed sites, which are biting into their revenues, and are apparently working together to try to find common ground in which they can keep those sites out.

Speaking about working with the Quebec lottery Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said, "We're looking closely at what they're doing, but I'm nowhere near determining how we would actually enforce that. I'm interested. I'm having a joint cabinet meeting with the ministers of Quebec in the coming days, and I look forward to seeing how they're going to proceed."

Ontario's online betting market is estimated to reach between $400-$500 million each year, with most of that money mostly flowing to offshore sites. The province recently launched their own regulated online betting industry, and are hoping to raise millions in tax revenues.

Casino Listings will update this story as more developments arise.

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