Single-game sports betting is coming to Canada

Senate of Canada passes bill allowing single-game sports betting

Canada is getting set to allow single-game sports betting. The Senate of Canada on Tuesday passed Bill C-218 without any amendments, allowing each province to offer single-game betting. The bill, known as the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act, passed with a 57-20 vote and with five abstentions.

“This is a major milestone and achievement for the Canadian gaming industry," Paul Burns, President and CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association, said in a statement. "The CGA has been working to legalize single-event sports betting for more than 10 years and Bill C-218 benefited from a groundswell of broad stakeholder support from across Canada. The need for regulation, oversight, player protection, and the creation of economic benefits for Canada was understood by everyone involved in the legislative process, which is why the Bill was successfully passed.”

This passage comes after single-game sports betting won the approval of the House of Commons in April. Parlay sports betting had already been legal in Canada.

The next step is for the bill to earn royal assent from the Governor General to become law. Then Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet will set a date for the legislation to be set into motion.

Provinces that have expressed strong interest in implementing single-game sports betting include Ontario, the Atlantic provinces, British Columbia, and Alberta.

Lucy is a sports betting content producer with Audacy and BetQL. She has worked with WEEI and Audacy as a writer, radio producer and podcaster. Lucy lives in Boston and loves Tom Brady and prop bets. ​Follow Lucy on Twitter at @LucilleBurdge.