What You Need to Know about Online Gambling Canada Regulations
In 1970 the Canadian Parliament changed gambling laws to allow online gambling. In 1984 it gave the provinces the authority to regulate online gaming within their jurisdiction. Since no online casinos, other than the Provincial ones, are actually located within a Province’s jurisdiction, the regulatory power given to the Provinces by Parliament really applies to regulating players.
The law is written in such vague language that even if you were to read it slowly and carefully you likely would not know the bottom line regarding the legality of a citizen of any given Province gaming online. The legal experts at Online Casinos Canada remain uncertain about online gambling Canada law. It has been said that the law does not specifically allow online gambling nor does it specifically prohibit online gambling.
So, here are a few points that you need to know:
- No Canadian above the legal age has ever been prosecuted for gambling online.
- It’s unlikely that any Canadian of legal age would ever be prosecuted unless the law was clearly changed.
- Winnings from online gambling are not taxed in Canada, at this time.
- Many Canadian online casinos are regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission located on Native land near Montreal.
- There are some significant differences between Canadian and American law.
These differences affect dramatically a U.S. citizen’s rights to gamble at an online casino. The most significant development took place in 2006 with the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) which made it illegal for financial institutions, especially credit card companies, to process payments between gamers and online casinos.
Canadian Provinces have no such restrictions.
As a result of the UIGEA, Microgaming and others withdrew entirely from the U.S. online gaming market. So, if you’re lawfully gaming at an exclusively Microgaming casino, which some of our recommended casinos are, whilst in Canada, you are in a definite grey area if you wish to do so from U.S. soil.
Play at a Licensed and Regulated Online Casino
We at Online Casinos Canada continue to come back to our promise to you, our Canadian gaming constituents:
We will never recommend an online casino that is not regulated, licensed, and certified by reputable bodies. Our Top Online Casinos are certified as legal to play at if you live in Canada.
We can add that we will never obfuscate regarding the legality of online gambling in Canada. If the laws that guide online gambling Canada were in the process of being changed, that is, if legislation were inexorably moving through Parliament, you would be the first to know.