November 3, 2020 Sports Betting, Legal

Canada lawmakers look to repeal ban on single-game sports betting

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Canadian lawmakers are expected to debate a bill this week that aims to repeal the country’s ban on single-game sports betting.

For Canadians to legally bet on sports they must wager on a minimum of three games.

Bill C-218 originally reached the House of Commons in February, but the coronavirus pandemic and the proroguing of Parliament delayed a second reading.

Proponents of the bill say legalized sports betting in Canada is way overdue.

The Canadian Gaming Association reports that $14bn is wagered annually through illegal offshore websites.

John Levy, founder and CEO of Toronto-based sports gaming company theScore, said, “We strongly support this bill to amend Canada’s outdated federal laws and give sports fans the choice to wager on single events. Canadians deserve a modernized, regulated, and competitive sports betting market, and the reintroduction of this bill is another important step in that direction.”

Earlier this year leaders of Canada’s professional sports leagues lobbied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other politicians to legalize sports wagering.

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