On Thursday, Canada’s Minister of Justice David Lametti announced that the federal government would amend the Criminal Code’s sports betting provisions to allow provinces and territories “the discretion to manage single-event sports betting in their respective jurisdictions and offer Canadians an opportunity to place bets in a regulated environment either online or in physical facilities.”
Lametti continued saying that the changes proposed in his C-13 bill would “help create a safe and regulated environment” for Canadian bettors, while “taking profits out of the hands of organized crime.” Lametti also suggested the changes would encourage operators to “work with Indigenous people to strengthen their participation in the gaming industry.”
Up to now sports betting is only legal if a bettor places a bet on at least three or more matches. From now on, players will also have the opportunity to wager on a single sporting event.
The necessary bill amendments will establish a well-regulated market that will allow locals to safely place their bets on their favourite Canadian betting sites.