Online gaming falls into two main categories in Canada -- provincial and First Nation. According to Canadian law, only provincial governments are authorized to offer online gaming to their citizens. But First Nation tribes, like the Kahnawake, have consistently maintained they have the right to license and regulate online gaming -- and that those sites should be available to the world (wherever online gaming is legal). As a resut, the Kahanawake independently licenses and hosts online gaming sites for more than 200 operators. And other First Nation tribes are exploring their options.
Several provinces offer online gaming to its citizens. British Columbia was the first to enter the online gaming market when it launched its online casino, PlayNow.com, in 2010. And Canada's most populous province, Ontario, is currently in the process of launching online gaming.
Unlike the United States, Canada has adopted a more relaxed stance to offshore online casinos. They've chosen not to block them or try to prosecute them. Instead, they allow Canadians to bet with those sites, hoping the provinical offerings will be both competitive and safer.
On September 28, 2011, Bill C-290 was proposed in the Canadian Parliament. If ratified, Bill C-290 would fully legalize sports betting in Canada. Under current Canadian laws, only parlay bets can be made, in which players must bet on a minimum of two games (three in some provinces) up to six games, in one wager. The Canadian House of Commons passed the bill unanimously on March 2, 2012. Since being referred on to the Senate by the House of Commons in March 2012, Bill C-290 has yet to be acted upon and remains pending.
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