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Online Daily Fantasy Sports in Canada

Fantasy sports are alive and well in Canada. Unlike a number of American states cracking down on DFS, the Canadian government accepts that it is a game of skill, not luck. Internet daily fantasy sports for cash have become a mainstream social activity in Canada and are now played by millions of people across the country.

Unsurprisingly, daily fantasy hockey is the most common fantasy sport in Canada. The NHL is a major investor in DFS, and funded $300 million to one of the biggest US operators in July of 2015.

Legislature to regulate online daily fantasy sports sites in Canada does not exist. As of April of 2016, neither of the two leading DFS sites used in Canada have had any legal issues with Canadian authorities.

The true measure of the legality of internet daily fantasy sports in Canada turns on whether they break the betting and gaming provisions within part VII of the Canadian Criminal Code. This code defines “game” as “a game of chance or a game of mixed chance and skill.” Canadian fantasy sports fans argue that this implies none of the offences relating to an unlawful “game” apply to a game of skill alone.

In 2015, the CGA made headlines by requesting a legal opinion from a former general counsel for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. The CGA alleges that DFS is illegal under Canadian law, and should be regulated in Canada.

Data from fantasy sports websites concerning the performance of individual players that play internet daily fantasy sports in Canada helps to support the argument that DFS is a game of skill. Long-term success of a player winning money through fantasy sports helps prove this to be true.

There are a number of DFS websites available in Canada that offer daily fantasy NHL and NFL fantasy leagues. Take a look at our daily fantasy sports directory to find the DFS site that is right for you!