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Legal Online Gambling In Canada?

Published: April 21, 2009 6:54 pm ET

Last Comment: September 30, 2009 7:35 am ET | 4 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Stating that "in order to remain relevant to our players we must deliver what the player wants in the safest and most entertaining way possible", the Atlantic Lottery Corporation recently issued a Request For Proposals to develop an enhanced online sports betting platform.

Despite limited information released with the RFP, one Ontario lawyer sees no reason why the ALC can't move ahead with the venture that is calling for "a new Internet Player Account Management System (iPAM) and Internet Sports Betting Platform which will be used extensively by ALC to enhance and build on our current product offering and will assist us in delivering the most entertaining, player focused, and responsible products for our players."

Michael Lipton, a partner in Toronto-based law firm Dickinson Wright, told the Chronicle Herald under Section 207 of the Criminal Code the ALC could legally run an online sports betting operation. The caveats to that statement are twofold: the ALC could not accept bets from people in countries where such gaming is not allowed; and other Canadian provinces would have to allow their residents to wager online.

"The Internet is with us, all around us at all time," said Lipton to the Chronicle Herald. "The upshot is that (users) have learned to trust the system. There are jurisdictions that have very high standards that regulate them."

According to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, online sports betting in the U.S. could total as much as $50 billion over the next 10 years.

September 30, 2009 - 7:35 amI was simply pointing out

Chack Oddson SAID...

I was simply pointing out that Northern Ontario (unlike the rest of Ontario and most of Canada) cannot bet (ON HORSE RACING) online through Woodbine Entertainment. Hopefully Horse Racing would be included - that would solve the current situation where certain areas (ie Northern Ontario) are denied access to betting online through Woodbine Entertainment - due to our currently ancient and outdated policies and regulations.

April 23, 2009 - 11:22 amI'm not sure what your

Randy Young SAID...

I'm not sure what your talking about Rob. The article refers to the Atlantic Lottery group providing online Sports Betting - nothing to do with Woodbine Entertainment.
I was simply pointing out that Northern Ontario (unlike the rest of Ontario and most of Canada) cannot bet (ON HORSE RACING) online through Woodbine Entertainment.
There's no reason, however, why another organization could not provide online betting on Horse Racing (to ALL Canadians) assuming the legal requirements were met.

Randy Young

April 22, 2009 - 6:51 pmHorse racing already has

Horse racing already has casino money,so why should a they also get a share of online sports betting?Keep online sports betting off limits to WEG.

Rob

April 22, 2009 - 3:10 pmIt makes good sense for

Randy Young SAID...

It makes good sense for Canada to have online Sports betting - thousands of Canadians already bet on sports - ONLINE.
Hopefully Horse Racing would be included - that would solve the current situation where certain areas (ie Northern Ontario) are denied access to betting online through Woodbine Entertainment - due to our currently ancient and outdated policies and regulations.
The ALG, however, would have to provide Sports Betting that is competitive with other online gaming sites - unlike for example the product currently made available (but not online) by the Ontario Lottery group.

Randy Young


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