Canada to unveil launch date for single-sports betting
Published: August 13, 2021
Ottawa is ready to unveil details of the plan to adopt a single-sports betting bill in Canada.
According to the expectations, Federal Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti will inform the public when the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act will come into force.
The new bill will be a drastic change for Canada that used to have a long-term ban on individual sports betting at online casinos. Even though Bill C-218 received assent on June 29, the Prime Minister’s cabinet hasn’t yet announced when the Bill will be ratified.
Bill C-218 allows provinces to determine new sports gambling forms. Based on certain reports, the Act could be passed during the same week.
The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) has already criticized the delay in ratification since the date hasn’t been decided after 40 days from receiving an assent.
All revenues used for illegal sportsbooks will probably be redirected to public supports. At the same time, the real money casinos will get the possibility to implement innovative plans for the market.
Windsor West MP Brian Masse has already supported the bill, and he had been informed that the bill would become law on Thursday. He added:
There are many people and organizations who have worked for years to make this happen. We had to push through every single step of the process for more than a decade.
I’m pleased that tomorrow (Thursday) the work on the federal level will be complete and a blow against organized crime will have been achieved, along with the opportunity to create a legal, regulated and modernized sector that provides jobs and opportunities for Canadians and revenues for government to support important programs across the country.
The Bill has been backed by leading sports organizations such as NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and CFL. This step from the Canadian lawmaker comes hot on the heels after the US legalized single-game betting across different states.