Online Gambling in Canada

Unlike its southern neighbor, Canada places no restrictions on its residents’ ability to gamble online. In fact, in many respects, Canada may be considered to be at the forefront of the online gambling industry’s genesis.

A number of the major online casino software developers, including Cryptologic were borne in Canada – as was well-known payment processor NeTeller. Canada is also home to the Mohawk Indian Jurisdiction of Kahnawake which was one of the first and still now most prolific licensors of online casino and sports betting outfits. Over 300 operators serve their product from Kahnawake today. Canada is also home to well known industry watchdog and lobby group the Interactive Gaming Council.

In July 2010 an online casino owned and operated by British Columbian Crown corporation, the BCLC was launched. Security vulnerabilities identified shortly after launch meant the site was taken down and unavailable for some time but that’s another story altogether. Playnow.com became North America’s first state or provincial government owned/operated online casino. On August 10 2010 the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced plans to launch an online casino of their own by 2012 and Quebec is tipped to soon follow suit.

Playnow.com is only open to residents of British Columbia and initially did not offer live dealers. This changed in February 2018, when Evolution Gaming launched a Vancouver based dealer studio in partnership with BCLC.

As an English speaking, I-gaming friendly country with above average per-capita income levels and extensive internet penetration, it is no surprise to find Canada at the top of most online casinos’ target markets…and their offerings are tailored accordingly.

Best live casino for Canadian players

All casinos offering live games listed on this site accept Canadian players. A number also offer CAD banking options and toll-free support.

Live casinos for Canadian players
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Players from your location accepted
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Deposits accepted and/or can maintain account in local currency
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Toll free numbers from your country
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local language site/support capabilities
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games regionally focused
Games

888 Casino

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No restrictions No deposit restrictions
Maintain account in USD
Yes Yes European based dealer room with Euro
centric games dedicated live room

WilliamHill Casino Club

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Canadian players OUTSIDE British
Columbia welcomed
No deposit restrictions
Maintain account in $CAD
No YES European based dealer room with Euro
centric games

UNIBET

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No restrictions on Canadian player
sign-ups
No deposit restrictions
Maintain account in $CAD
No YES European based dealer room with Euro
centric games.