Whew, what a year it’s been for Canada’s sports betting industry.
On Saturday, It’ll be the one-year anniversary of the decriminalization of single-game sports wagering in Canada. Bill C-218, known as the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act, was enacted on Aug. 27, 2021, allowing Canadians to bet on individual games, or outcomes, in a regulated environment.
Canada has a long, complicated history with sports wagering, but the passing of Bill C-218 was without a doubt a gamechanger for bettors across the country. Let’s take a brief look back at Canada’s sports betting journey.
Gambling activities in Canada went unregulated until 1892, when the federal government developed and passed the Criminal Code of Canada, which banned all gambling activities except for horse wagering and games at small midways, or carnivals, across the country.