Gambling in the real money mode is legal in Canada, but you need to be at least 18-years-old. In addition to numerous land based sports betting shops, we also now find race tracks, land based casinos and other similar gambling venues with gaming machines, plus online gambling is also now accessible to Canadians. The country also has two nationwide lotteries that are administered by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. This consists of five regional lottery commissions that are owned by their respective territorial and provincial governments.
Despite the more relaxed attitude that we see today, the authorities haven’t always taken such a liberal approach towards the industry and the government still doesn’t issue licenses to online casino/poker room operators. Gambling can be divided in to two categories in Canada including Provincial and First Nation, the latter of which is independent of Canada and does not come under Canadian jurisdiction. The regulating authorities in the Provincial jurisdictions are therefore legally permitted to issue licenses without breaking any Canadian laws and it is these authorities such as The Kahnawake Gaming Commission that has issued gaming licenses to more than 200 operators.
The Kahnawake Gaming Commission is now recognised as the largest online gambling licensing authority in North America and is based in Canadian Mohawk Territory. This patch of land is less than 50 square kilometre in size and it is located on the St. Lawrence River near Montreal, Quebec. Their licensees welcome real cash wagers from players from around the world, not just from Canadian players. Additional First Nation tribes are also now attempting to follow in the footsteps of the Kahnawake Gaming Commission by becoming approved licensing authorities in their own right.
The Canadian online casinos and other similar real cash gambling portals that are not licensed by Provincial or First Nation authorities tend to be licensed either by the Government of Gibraltar, by the Malta Gaming Authority, by the Directorate of Offshore Gaming, by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, by the Curaçao Internet Gaming Association, by the Gambling Supervision Commission, or by one of several other major licensing authorities around the world.
These operators are not breaking any laws by accepting real cash wagers from Canadian players because they are not operating from within Canadian boarders and the players are also NOT breaking any laws by placing real cash wagers at these websites. Canadians have access to some of the best gambling portals in the world and these websites are generally powered by some of the world’s leading online casino/online poker software providers such as Microgaming, Playtech, Betsoft Gaming, IGT Interactive, WMS Gaming and/or NetEnt. These websites accept Canadian dollars and Canadian payment methods, they are free to sign up to and they support multiple languages.