Gambling in Canada

Gambling in Canada is legalized. The gross revenue of the industry is 31 billion USD annually. In comparison with 1995, the market volume increased 3 times.

The gambling business employs more than 128,000 employees. Revenues to the government budget and various social programs – up to 9 billion USD annually.

Canadian provinces spend about 110 million USD on protecting players from addiction – this includes research, preventive measures and treatment. The percentage of players-ludomanov depending on province varies in the range of 0.7 – 1.4% of all players.
Due to the current legal framework, the authorities of the canadian provinces are both operators and regulators of the gambling business. Legislative acts have a number of similar aspects that they focus on. These include:
protection of society from undesirable consequences of gambling;
responsible gambling; location and size of gambling establishments;
types and number of games offered; financial control;
investigation, security and surveillance of gambling sites.
Permitted types of gambling
Lottery schemes include various games and gambling products:
poker; rates; sports betting; casino game; slot machine; terminals with games; bingo; lotteries.

Apart from the provinces themselves, only charitable or religious organizations can offer bingo and lotteries. Charities do not offer slot machines or casino games.

Online gambling in the country
Canadian law does not make a significant difference between land-based and online gambling. Provinces offer online games as a variant of their lottery schemes.
Often online gambling issues are handled by so-called "legal representatives". Usually the Royal Corporation acts in this role. Thus, online gambling in Canada is a state monopoly.

At the end of 2014, the government of Quebec published a report justifying the need to change the Criminal Code regarding online games. An amendment to the Code should allow provinces to grant online gaming licenses to individuals. In 2016, Quebec banned access to illegal websites
The most popular online casinos:
The provinces that receive the most revenue from gambling are Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta. Some of the largest and most popular gambling websites in Canada belong to these provinces. This:

LotoQuebec – online platform for the Quebec lottery scheme;
BCLC-British Columbia online casino;
WCLC is a Western canadian casino that operates in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Additional participants are the Yukon, Northern territories, and Nunavut.

All sites offer a large selection of lotteries and other gambling games: casinos, sports betting, poker, slot machines.
Canada's gambling business has been developing successfully since the 1990s, and the market volume has been gradually increasing. However, Canadians spend a lot of money on foreign online sites and in casinos in neighboring USA. Therefore, the canadian authorities are trying to modernize their gambling systems to be competitive.