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Before making the first payment to your account in online casino and proceeding to conquer the world of online gambling, it's worthwhile to ponder over a very important question - how legitimate is the game in online casino? In different countries, online casino activity regulated by various laws, and if you intend to become online casino customer seriously and for a long time, you need to know how lawful this is. If you are from Canada, we will help you to find out how legally online casino.

The overarching statute that governs gambling activity in Canada is the federal Criminal Code. Sections 201 through to and including section 206 make all types of gambling, betting and lotteries illegal throughout Canada, with very limited exemptions such as pari-mutuel betting on horse races. In 1985, the federal government agreed with the provinces that gambling would be provided exclusively by the provincial governments. The Code was amended to reflect this structure by amendments to section 207 which today permits all provincial and territorial governments to provide lottery schemes to their respective residents, to join forces with each other to provide lottery schemes in common to their collective residents, and to grant licences to charities to provide gambling activities for charitable purposes. Each provincial government has the exclusive right to decide what types of gambling activities, if any, it will provide (or permit to be provided by charities) within its jurisdiction. Such decisions are generally policy-driven and so subject to change from time to time and particularly upon a change in the party forming the government of the applicable province. As a result of these changes to the Code, Canada now has a prohibitory statute which is federal whereas all of the regulatory statutes are provincial.  It follows that all gambling regulators are provincial. The one exception in this landscape is pari-mutuel betting on horse races.  According to section 204 of the Code, pari-mutuel betting does not constitute illegal betting under section 201 or section 202. The pari-mutuel betting system therefore continues to be governed by a federal agency, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency. The operation or provision of casinos, bingo, ticket lotteries, betting (other than pari-mutuel betting), poker and other card games, electronic games such as slot machines and video lottery terminals are activities that constitute gambling unless they fall within one of the few exceptions in the Code. This is true whether the activities are provided in brick-and-mortar facilities or virtually (including online). Set out below are the entities that regulate gambling activity in each Canadian province and territory (territories also referred to henceforth as provinces for ease of reference). Unless otherwise noted, the named entity regulates all forms of gambling in the province other than pari-mutuel betting.

1. Alberta

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

2. British Columbia

Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch of the Ministry of Finance.

3. Manitoba

Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba.

4. New Brunswick

Gaming Control Branch of the Department of Public Safety.

5. Newfoundland and Labrador

Consumer Affairs Division, Consumer and Commercial Affairs Branch of Service NL.

6. Northwest Territories (Territory)

Department of Municipal and Community Affairs.

7. Nova Scotia

Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division of Service Nova Scotia.

8. Nunavut (Territory)

Consumer Affairs, Department of Community and Government Services.

9. Ontario

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (“AGCO”).

10. Prince Edward Island

a. Prince Edward Island

Lotteries Commission. b. Consumer Services section of the Department of Environment, Labour and Justice ( regulates bingo, raffles, casino nights, and charitable gaming).

11. Quebec

Regie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (authority over, amongst other things, the operation of casinos as well as contests, certain types of lotteries, and VLTs other than those in casinos). Soci&eacute des loteries du Qu&eacute (Loto-Qu&eacute), a provincial government agent (i) operates the casinos located in Quebec, and (ii) regulates traditional lotteries and bingo as well as gaming machines located inside casinos.

12. Saskatchewan

a. Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA). SLGA has purview over the following: i. conducts and manages the majority of the province’s electronic gaming machines including the province’s network of VLTs and slot machines at First Nations casinos. ii. regulates the province’s casinos; iii. licenses and regulates most other forms of gaming including charitable bingo, raffles, break open tickets, and poker tournaments; and iv. regulates the province’s horse-racing industry. b. Indigenous Gaming Regulators (IGR). Effective April 2007, IGR was delegated the responsibility for licensing and regulating charitable gaming on most First Nations reserves in Saskatchewan (i.e., bingo, break open tickets, raffles, poker tournaments, and table games at casinos operated by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority).IGR's activities are conducted in accordance with a Licensing Agreement signed with SLGA that ensures charitable gaming is regulated on- and off-reserve in essentially the same manner.

13. Yukon Territory

Professional Licensing; Regulatory Affairs Branch of the Department of Community Services. The majority of provincial governments have established a separate body, typically a corporation, to provide gambling services in the jurisdiction. Less populous provinces and territories have joined together to create one entity to provide those services for the member provinces and territories. Set out below are the government-controlled entities that provide gambling services in Canada: 1. Alberta: In Alberta, the regulator (AGLC as referenced above) fulfils the same functions as the lottery corporations in the other provinces. It therefore conducts and manages gaming in Alberta as well as regulating the activity. 2. British Columbia: The British Columbia Lottery Corporation conducts and manages gaming in British Columbia. 3. Saskatchewan: a. Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation. Conducts, manages, and operates two non-First Nations casinos (Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw), as well as operating the slots at all Saskatchewan casinos including SIGA casinos (see below). b. Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA). The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations created SIGA as a non-profit corporation in order to carry out its casino gaming operation interests. Pursuant to a casino operating agreement with SLGA, SIGA operates all of the First Nations casinos in the province. 4. Manitoba: Manitoba Liquor Lotteries manages and conducts gaming activities, including commercial casinos and casinos operated by First Nations groups, VLTs, and the sales/distribution of lotteries by the WCLC. 5. New Brunswick: The New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation conducts and manages provincial gaming in New Brunswick. 6. Nova Scotia: The Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casinos Corporation conducts and manages gaming in Nova Scotia. 7. Ontario: The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) conducts and manages all non-charitable gaming in the province as well as certain charitable gaming operations. 8. Quebec: Loto-Quebec is the Quebec government's lottery corporation. Loto-Quebec and its subsidiaries provide the following services: a. Loto-Quebec is responsible for the sale and marketing of instant and terminal-based lotteries, as well as sports pools. b. The Societe des casinos du Quebec builds and operates all of the casinos in Quebec. c. The Societe des bingos du Quebec markets network bingo products in bingo halls. d. The Societe des loteries video du Quebec markets and manages a network of VLTs operated in licensed bars and pubs. 9. Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC). Manages, conducts and operates lottery and gaming-related activities on behalf of its members (namely, the governments of the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) and the three Canadian territories (Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon). In Saskatchewan, the WCLC acts as an agent for the provincial government in the operation of the SLGA's provincial network of VLTs as well as the slot machines at SIGA casinos. WCLC conducts and manages ticket lotteries as a joint enterprise with Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 10. Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC). Its shareholders are New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation, Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation, Prince Edward Island Lotteries Commission and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ALC is the operator of land-based and online lotteries, sportsbooks, bingo, and VLTs in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

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