February 4, 2022 Sports Betting, Legal, Online

PointsBet Canada earns regulatory approval ahead of Ontario iGaming launch

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The Canadian province is set to launch its iGaming and sports betting offering on April 4, 2022.

PointsBet, an Australian sports betting operator with an expanding presence in North America, has become one of the first companies to receive approval to operate iGaming and sports betting in Ontario.

The approval comes from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and will allow the operator to launch its offering when iGaming arrives in the province on April 4, 2022. 

Scott Vanderwel, CEO, PointsBet Canada is excited to get operations started in the North American nation. 

"Since day one, we have remained genuine to our promise of building a Canadian sportsbook, with Canadian employees, for the Canadian market. Today's approval of PointsBet Canada as a licensed sportsbook in Ontario effective April 4, 2022, is a momentous step in unveiling our authentically Canadian gaming experience to the province,” he said. 

“In just 60 days, PointsBet Canada's betting capabilities, and unique local partnerships will bring Ontario sports fans a new, responsible, and dynamic form of sports betting and entertainment."

PointsBet Canada is one of a number operators to announce approval from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario this week, with theScore Bet also confirming the decision. 

"We are proud to be one of the first iGaming operators regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. It demonstrates the confidence that regulators have in our ability to deliver an innovative, safe, and responsible experience to Ontario consumers,” said Chantal Cipriano, Vice-President, Legal, Compliance & People, PointsBet Canada.

“We look forward to applying our expertise from Australia and the United States to help build a trusted, competitive, regulated iGaming market in Ontario, establishing an important foundation for our nation.”

The operator is currently making a number of inroads into the Canadian sports betting market. This week has seen the company become the official sportsbook of Alpine Canada, the representative of Canada’s ski racing teams. 

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