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Gambling in Canada

All sorts of gambling are legal in Canada, as of January 2017. Except for three provinces, the legal gambling age in Canada is 19. In Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec, it is legal for 18-year olds to gamble. Each of the country's 10 provinces and three territories has its own gambling authorities. Casinos, racetracks, lotteries and other gaming organizations all must follow the laws as laid out by their governing province or territory.

 

Online Gambling in Canada

With Online gambling, however, the situation is trickier in Canada. The Criminal Code of Canada in the part “Gambling and Betting” does not specifically make it illegal to gamble online, unless it is found that the act itself somehow falls under recognized areas of the code, or the player is underage in which case the youth can be criminally charged.There are no, however, specific laws that prohibit Canadians from playing at online gambling sites hosted in other countries, although no Canadian companies can offer that kind of services to the domestic market.

However, one interesting bit of information about online gambling in Canada is that in the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, just outside of Montreal, internet gambling is completely unrestricted, and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission has been giving out online gambling licenses and hosting internet gaming sites since 1999. In fact, many of the world's most popular online gambling sites are hosted there.