August 12, 2021

Canada Announces Date for When Provinces Can Launch Single-Game Sports Betting

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This article originally appeared in Sports Betting Dime.

Oh Canada! Citizens of the Great White North now have a date for when they can potentially enjoy legalized single-game Canadian sports betting.

David Lametti, Canada’s Minister of Justice, announced single-game sports betting will be allowed in provinces on August 27. It will be up to each province to decide how they will offer, or even if they will offer single-game sports wagering.

It’s the first major update for online sports betting Canada since June. That’s when the Senate of Canada approved Bill C-218 by a vote of 57-20 with five abstentions without amendment at third reading. This bill allows each Canadian province to regulate and legalize single-game sports betting on its own. This is similar to the 2018 process in the United States when the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act prohibiting states from authorizing sports betting.

The Private Member’s bill, sponsored by Saskatoon-Grasswood Conservative MP Kevin Waugh, amended the Canadian Criminal Code to remove language that required sports bets to be placed across multiple events. Until its approval, Canadian residents could only legally wager on multi-leg parlays.

The August 27 launch is timely as it will align perfectly with one of the biggest sports betting dates on the calendar — the start of the NFL regular season. The pre-season is already underway. But the official start of the 2021 regular season kicks off on Thursday, September 9 when the Dallas Cowboys host the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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