Sports betting in limited forms has been legal in Canada since 1985. However, it wasn’t until the early 1990s, when provincial governments introduced provincial sports betting lotteries, that Canadian residents had actual legal outlets where they could wager on sports.
In 2021, Canada passed a single-game betting law that is expected to have a significant impact on the growth of the sports gambling industry across the whole country. Before the passing of the single-game betting law, Canadians were only able to bet parlays (multi-game bets) and everything was run by the provincial lottery system.
Bill C-218 now allows each individual province to determine how, if at all, single-game betting will be made accessible to the public. Provinces must decide on which sports are available, what type of bets will be available and, most importantly, who is authorized to set up and operate as a sportsbook.
Currently there are a combined eight provinces and territories that have made online single-game betting available for their residents. Another four have made single-game betting available at retail outlets.