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Laws and Legislation on Gambling in Canada Gambling in person and online is growing in popularity across Canada. Keep reading to find out more about gambling in Canada...

News release by Acroud Media

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Across the world, gambling is a popular pastime. Due to the increased accessibility of mobile phones and advancements in technology, gambling online is only increasing in popularity.


Legality of Gambling in Person and Online

Canadians have their fair share of successful sports teams, national and international. Betting online, though legal in Canada, is regulated by the Canadian government and relevant legislation.

Legal Minimum Age to Gamble in Canada

In many countries, including Canada, there are strict rules in place to prevent underage gambling. In most jurisdictions around the world, you must be aged 18 or older to participate in any form of gambling, and the same can be said in Canada. The age range for gambling varies from province to province, please see the table below for the legal gambling age for each province:


Legal Gambling Age



British Columbia




New Brunswick


Newfoundland and Labrador


Northwest Territories


Nova Scotia






Prince Edward Island









Relevant Licenses for Online Casinos in Canada

With the online gambling industry growing tremendously, there is a need to license the brands to ensure that they are also complying with the laws and legislations of the countries they are operating in. Because there are differences in laws from province to province, the specific licenses will vary from province to province.

To be granted a license from the Canadian gambling authorities means that the operators of their respective brands have gone through very rigorous testing, which may include a deep review of their financial business affairs and stability and a review of all the security matters. This may include payment methods and the type of encryption installed, and may also include responsible gambling practices.

Other Relevant Laws and Regulations

Additionally, there are other relevant laws and regulations to abide by in Canada. Some of these laws include:

  • Marketing and advertising gambling also have their restrictions on how gambling can be seen and presented. For example, gambling marketing cannot be sited to minors

  • Due diligence and awareness of the operators must be seen to offer self-exclusion programs. These will allow the gambler to exempt themselves from play for a set period of time.

  • All online casinos and gambling institutes must have gambling-preventative measures in place to implement responsible gambling. These measures can include recommendations like gambling addictions and tools to help gamblers limit their spending. If you want to know more about the best casino brands in Canada that take responsible gambling seriously, click here.


If you are new to gambling or wish to participate in gambling for the first time, please be aware of the laws that govern gambling. Always be aware of the risks associated with gambling and always gamble responsibly.

DISCLAIMER: We would like to emphasize that gambling is risky and should not be used to resolve financial difficulties. The saying "the house always wins" is worth keeping in mind.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, we firmly advise you to call the Gamblers Anonymous at 1-626-960-3500 to speak with an expert about getting assistance and making gambling safer for you or your friends and loved ones. Remember that all gaming websites and instructions are intended for people aged 19 and above.

Some of the casino sites featured on our site may not be available in your location. Check your local regulations to see if internet gambling is permitted in your area.

Check out the following organizations for free gambling addiction resources:






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