The Gaming, Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) of British Columbia, Canada, has approved the accreditation of NMi Gaming, allowing the gambling compliance testing and auditing company to launch an approval system for offline and online casinos in Canada.
This piece of gambling news comes shortly after NMi opened their first North American office in Vancouver, although the British Columbia accreditation will only allow for gaming approval within the state.
Although there hasn’t been any change in Canadian gambling laws, a number of online casinos have been opening in recent times, offering players a greater range of gambling options. As such, this move is a necessary one as the state looks to find the perfect method for licensing online operators in the country.
Andrew Rosewarne, director of NMi Gaming, spoke about the accreditation, saying: “The accreditation follows an extensive audit by GPEB spanning several months to establish the suitability of our people and systems, and we are pleased to be one of the few gaming labs able to operate at this level. The standards demanded by GPEB are second to none and this confirms NMi’s capability to provide testing in any market in the world.”
Gambling in Canada hasn’t proved as popular as with its neighbors, the US. Despite this – or perhaps because of it – online gambling has almost snuck in through the back door, giving Canadian gamblers much larger choice than their American counterparts.
Like the US, there are tribal gambling licenses awarded to the Native American tribes. One such of these, the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, just outside Montreal, has legal internet casinos within the region, and has done for a number of years. Other tribal zones also share this, although land based casinos are still more popular than their online counterparts.