Canada to Get Single-Event Sportsbetting Later This Month

Gamblers in Canada will soon be able to bet on single-event sporting events after the country's Department of Justice gave the go-ahead to the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act this week.

The bill, which was known as C-218 went through the path of debate and voting by the government and was given royal assent on June 29th. The law will give provinces the ability to decide whether they want to offer the activity and how they want to do it. Online betting and in-person betting at casinos are the most obvious choices, but other retail options could also be a possibility.

Sportsbetting is notoriously fast to roll-out, with several books opening up within a matter of days of being given the go-ahead. With that, it's entirely likely that we'll see single-event action in place by the start of the NHL season.

"Canadians have been able to legally bet on sports for a long time through parlays," said St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle. "However, instead of creating jobs and boosting our local tourism industry, single event sport betting has been a black market that evaded taxes and directed funds to organized crime. Single event sport betting is a multi-billion dollar industry and its legalization will add to our economy, create jobs and boost tourism."

We'll be following this story and updating as the activity begins to go live.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.

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