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Canada Legalizes Single-Event Sports Betting

The Government of Canada has confirmed that Canadian law will start to allow single events sports betting from August 27, 2021 in a statement released this week. 

Canadian Minister of Labour, Honourable Filomena Tassi, delivered the news on behalf of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Honorable David Lametti. The Minister of Labour delivered the news alongside Member for Windsor-Tecumseh Irek Kusmierczyk. 

The statement from Canada’s Government read: “Decriminalizing single-event sports betting plays a huge role in creating a stronger and safer economy for Canada and thus is very important to the Government of Canada. We are therefore in complete support of this move.” 

“Canadians realize that single event sport betting activities will create good-paying job opportunities and should only take place in environments that are safe and regulated. Considering the recent changes that have taken place with USA gambling laws, this is a unique opportunity for communities with active casino gaming operations, especially those ones along the North-South border.  

How Single Event Betting Will Be Rolled Out

Starting from the 27th of August, provinces, and territories will be allowed to engage in single event sport betting activities within their individual jurisdictions. These operations will afford Canadians the chance to stake their bets in fair and regulated environments both online and in-person. However, horse racing will remain a notable exception of this rule change, as it will remain under regulation by the Canadian federal government. 

The Canadian Governing Bodies

The statement from Canada’s governing body added: “Provinces and territories will use the revenue that this form of gambling generates to fund health care and education services, and other crucial programs, as is the case with revenue from other lottery types.”

“The Canadian Government is interacting with provinces and territories as well as indigenous communities and organizations that have shown interest in Canadian gambling regulations discussions. These engagements have come about in a bid to improve understanding of these regulations and to provide Indigenous peoples more opportunities to take part in the regulation and conduct of Canadian gaming.”

“The government will maintain its commitment to keeping up talks about the future of gaming. This will happen in collaboration with partners from provinces and territories, alongside Indigenous nations, organizations, and communities.”

Supporting the Local Communities

Commenting on the regulation update, Minister of Labour Filomena Tassi stated: “Legalizing single-event sports betting will provide adequate support to gaming industry workers in Southwestern Ontario, Windsor, and across the country. 

“Thanks to this change, good jobs will be secured across the provinces, and revenue will be channeled back into community growth. In collaboration with workers and unions, our government will ensure that Canadian workers experience prosperity and fairness across our country. 

Irek Kusmierczyk commented: “Most Canadians interested in single-event sports betting already take part in those activities through unlicensed markets. That’s a problem, as the profits from those activities help fund organized crime instead of providing essential services to Canadians. This announcement will enable safe and regulated sports betting while simultaneously helping 2,500 Canadians at Caesars Windsor keep their jobs. It’s also certain to boost cross-border tourism, which has been very heavily affected by the pandemic.”

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