OTTAWA, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Two-thirds of Canadians support the
passage of Bill C-290, which would legalize single-event sports betting
in Canada. Bill C-290, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sports Betting) was first introduced in September of 2011 and was passed with the
unanimous support of all parties in the House of Commons this past
"Right now, over $10 billion is being wagered through illegal sports
betting every year in Canada, and a further $4 billion is wagered
online through illegal offshore betting websites. We need to bring more
regulation and enforcement to this otherwise overlooked problem, and
that begins with the passage of Bill C-290," said Bill Rutsey, the
President of the Canadian Gaming Association.
In research conducted by Ipsos Reid, it was revealed that a majority of
Canadians support the passage of Bill C-290, and that the more they
learn about the extent of the problem, the more their support for
action on this issue increases.
"In addition to having the support of a majority of Canadians, the
changes proposed in Bill C-290 have also been supported by 8 provincial
governments, who agree that the current framework of laws is outdated
and needs to be modernized to help address some of the serious issues
with illegal sports betting in Canada," said Mr. Rutsey.
More information about the research and methodology of the study
completed by Ipsos Reid on behalf of the Canadian Gaming Association
may be found at www.ipsos-na.com.
About the Canadian Gaming Association.
The fundamental goal of the Canadian Gaming Association (www.canadiangaming.ca) is to create balance in the public dialogue about gaming in Canada.
Our members are among the largest most established gaming operators,
suppliers and gaming equipment manufacturers in Canada. Our mandate is
to create a better understanding of the gaming industry through
education and advocacy.
TOP SIX FACTS ABOUT SINGLE EVENT SPORTS BETTING IN CANADA
Single event sports betting in Canada is a huge business, estimated to
be in excess of $10 billion annually (and as much as $40 billion)
conducted illegally through bookies by organized crime, and $4 billion
through offshore internet sites that are not regulated by Canadian
Parlay style sports betting (betting on two or more events) has existed
in Canada for more than two decades.
All parties in the House of Commons unanimously approved this bill on
March 2, 2012.
The Federal Minister of Justice has received letters from the
governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and
Ontario requesting the criminal code be amended to permit single event
sports wagering. The provinces of Quebec, PEI and New Brunswick have
also indicated support for the amendment.
All the expert witnesses appearing before the Senate Committee,
representing the legal, law enforcement, academic, regulatory and
problem gambling research and treatment communities, recommended to
passage of Bill C-290.
Canada will not be a pioneer. Besides Nevada, single event sports'
betting is legal in Great Britain, Europe, and Australia.
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SOURCE: Canadian Gaming Association
For further information:
Vice President, Canadian Gaming Association
(416) 579-3922 mobile