Online companies are finding it difficult to expand on the Canadian gambling market.
Canada does not make it easy for gambling operators to penetrate the internet betting market. Canadian gambling laws are vague when it comes to online casinos and the country will continue to miss out on the opportunity to benefit from potential investors if lawmakers don’t introduce clear regulations soon.
Current laws don’t allow online gambling sites in Canada, but they don’t forbid offshore providers from offering their services to local players. Online operators are taking advantage of this and many of them are using gaming servers in the Kahnawake native reserve, located outside of Montreal.
The situation is even more confusing, as several Canadian provinces started to get into the online gaming business. Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia now have state-owned online casinos.
To be or not to be… in Canada
Consumers don’t have much to complain about, as they’re free to play on several online casinos. However, businesses have to find a way around the country’s vague laws in order to operate and several companies are starting to find it easier to just withdraw from the Canadian market.
This is what affiliates of Titan Casino had in mind last November, when they announced they were withdrawing. The decision was later reversed and players received a “welcome back bonus” from the online operator. Meanwhile, online payment processor Skrill has also decided to stop offering its services to Canadians, starting January 31.