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Learn About the Legal Sports Betting Situation in Each Canadian Province 

Learn About the Legal Sports Betting Situation

With single-event sports betting becoming federally legal in Canada in August 2021, it has generated a lot of excitement across the country. Many sports betting operators have been eying up the amazing market opportunities that this legalization will present.

However, the legal sports betting situation will be dependent on each individual province. Some are taking a more conservative approach to sports betting, while others are quickly diving in headfirst. This article will showcase the situation in each of Canada’s provinces. 

Ontario 

  • Population: 15 million
  • Professional Sports Teams: 9

Ontario is Canada’s biggest province in terms of population. It also has more professional sports teams than any other region in the nation. It has been the fastest off the market when it comes to the regulated sports betting market.

The authorities have been accepting licenses from operators, with the regulated market set to launch in April 2022. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation already has single-event sports betting on offer through its PROLINE+ offering. 

See the best betting sites in Ontario.

Quebec 

  • Population: 8.6 million
  • Professional Sports Teams: 3

The predominantly French-speaking province currently is home to three professional sports teams. It has not made a huge amount of progress with the regulated single-event sports betting market. 

The provincial lottery sports betting operation is through Loto-Quebec, which has its Mise-o-jeu betting platform up and running. 

British Columbia 

  • Population: 5.2 million
  • Professional Sports Teams: 4

British Columbia is a market that is set to be very lucrative if it opens up. Many operators have a keen interest in the province thanks to the engaged sports fan base and the optimal demographics for sportsbooks. 

It is home to four pro sports teams and many people have a keen interest in the teams that play in nearby Seattle. The British Columbia Lottery Corporation offers single-event betting through its PlayNow platform. 

Alberta 

  • Population: 4.5 million
  • Professional Sports Teams: 5

There is a lot of interest also in Alberta’s sports betting market. There are many passionate sports fans living in the province, with a huge range of sports taking place in the region. This goes for winter sports and more traditional types of events.

Single-event sports betting is currently legal in Alberta through the Western Canada Lottery Corporation’s Sports Select platform. 

Manitoba 

  • Population: 1.4 million
  • Professional Sports Teams: 2

Curling and ice hockey are the big sports in Manitoba, with most of the action focused in and around Winnipeg. There is also a lot of interest in the sports teams from South Dakota and Minnesota due to them sharing a border with Manitoba.

Single-event sports betting is currently an option through the Play Now platform that the Western Canada Lottery Corporation operates. 

Saskatchewan 

  • Population: 1.2 million
  • Professional Sports Teams: 2

Some of the best sports fans are in Saskatchewan, particularly when it comes to the Canadian Football League. There are plans by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority to go live with its own sports betting app this year. Currently, only retail betting is available at provincial lottery selected outlets. 

Nova Scotia 

  • Population: 1 million
  • Professional Sports Teams: 1

There is currently single event betting available in Nova Scotia through the provincial lottery. 

New Brunswick 

  • Population: 790,000
  • Professional Sports Teams: 0

There is currently single event betting available in New Brunswick through the provincial lottery. 

Newfoundland and Labrador 

  • Population: 520,000
  • Professional Sports Teams: 0

There is currently single event betting available in Newfoundland and Labrador through the provincial lottery. 

Prince Edward Island 

  • Population: 160,000
  • Professional Sports Teams: 0

There is currently single event betting available in Prince Edward Island through the provincial lottery. 

Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut 

  • Population: 140,000
  • Professional Sports Teams: 0

Currently, there is only retail betting available in these territories.

Lucas Gagnon
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