Interesting Facts on Canadian Gambling Laws
Here are some interesting facts related to the laws of gambling in Canada
|1 Federal vs. provincial
|While the Criminal Code of Canada sets the country's overarching gambling laws, each province and territory has the authority to regulate and license gambling within its borders.
|2 First legal lottery
|In 1970, amendments to the Criminal Code allowed the federal government and provinces to operate “lottery schemes.” This led to the first legal Canadian lottery in 1974, intended to fund the Montreal Olympics.
|3 Horse racing exception
|Horse racing has been a legal form of gambling since the 19th century, long before casinos and lotteries were legalized.
|4 First nations gaming
|Indigenous communities have their gaming regulations and can operate casinos under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
|5 Online grey area
|Online gambling exists in a grey area. While it's illegal to operate an online casino from Canada unless licensed by a provincial government, many Canadians play on offshore sites.
|6 VLT controversy
|Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) have been a subject of controversy in Canada, especially in Atlantic Canada, due to concerns about their addictive nature.