The Evolution of Sports Betting in Canada

The sports betting movement was established in Canada decades ago, and today, the laws about it remain unclear. Let’s figure out how this practice has evolved in time and how it has become an uncertainty to Canadian gamblers. For natives, sports gambling remains a solid cultural practice.

The Beginnings

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Canadian natives used sports betting for fun and to increase and develop skills. In 1774, when Europeans settled in the country, they established the UK and French betting laws. However, the population was spread throughout the country and the distance between each other made it difficult for legislators to enforce any of the settled laws.

First Decade’s Evolution

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The betting and gambling laws were established in 1867 and 1892, a criminal code was added to punish the lawbreakers. They took a radical and unexpected position by making sports gambling illegal, except for horse racing.

Canadian Law Development

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The legislation code changed by 1969 allowing lotteries to run their business due to the profit earned from the charity. Therefore, Canadian law became liberal on letting provinces establish slot machines massively over the country, leaving sport betting behind.

Pro-Line and Online Betting

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The pro-line gambling machines were set in 1985 allowing sports bets on parlay format, meaning that gamblers could bet on more than one team to win. The first online betting sites were launched by 1990, where gamblers could bet online because the sport betting companies were outside the country. 

Betting Sports Today

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Nowadays, only online sports betting is allowed, meaning if you want to bet in brick-and-mortar establishments you cannot do it in single-sport events. There was an attempt to change this law in 2016, but unfortunately with unsuccessful results.

Canadian sport betting laws remain unclear, while gamblers need to keep going with online sports betting to stick to the law. Let’s hope legislation can resolve that soon since sports betting in Canada was here even before Europeans arrived in the country.