Online betting sites list of Canadian Sportsbooks
Right now Canadian citizens can legally bet online with any licensed bookmaker, licensed under any authority. That means 100's of sports betting sites across the world are technically available to Canadian citizens.
The different licenses though have different levels of protection, so many Canadians prefer to choose UK bookmakers to bet with. Many of these accept Canadian citizens, even allowing use of the site in Canadian dollars. Choose UK from the menu above and take a look through the UK betting sites to see which appeals to you.
Soon though the situation will change in Canada, with the likely regulation on a province by province basis for legal sports betting off and online. We anticipate this will mean different lists of sportsbooks licensed in each province for use offline and online within the province boundaries. At that stage, the provinces may stop the use of overseas based online betting sites.
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Legal sports betting on the ground in Canada has up until recently been limited to parlays. However, giant strides have been made following the legalisation of single game wagers at a national level. Provinces can each decide if they want to bring in legislation to allow single game wagering too and whilst doing so are likely to bring in full sports wagering legislation to cover both offline and online bets.
Canadian Citizens currently make their online bets with offshore bookmakers. This is not illegal as long as those bookies are licensed somewhere (anywhere). There is a big difference in licensing though, with UK licensed Bookmakers often being the preferred choice for Canadians.
It is likely that the big US and European betting sites will want a presence within a fully legalised Canadian sports betting market. They will probably need to pick up licenses on a state by state basis, the exact details of which we are waiting to find out.
The good news for sports bettors is this will mean a fully regulated system with good choice.
Right now though you are free to wager online with licensed sportsbooks listed on this page. These are based outside of Canada and licensed in other jurisdictions. Many Canadian citizens will choose UK bookmakers to bet with as the licensing conditions are higher than in other countries. We recommend this too. Here we list bookies who accept Canadian citizens, some have specific free bets or welcome offers for Canadians. Just click the links to see what they are.
The top UK bookmakers accepting Canadian citizens are
The Canadian sports betting market has been rumoured to be worth around $15billion if you include land based and online wagers. So it would make sense for the provinces to stop the use of offshore sports betting sites if they can. Having all of that $15billion as taxable revenue rather than a fraction will be a big appeal.
As the most popular province with over 38% of the countries population and a very healthy interest in sports and betting, Ontario is a big focus of many when it comes to online betting in Canada.
Ontario looks likely to be the first province to introduce new legislation and with it a list of locally licensed sportsbooks.
We are expecting a similar licensing framework to US states which have legalised but with a likely unique makeup of sportsbooks. We may well see the popular US betting sites like Draftkings & FanDuel gain licenses but also Canadian based companies like TheScore. UK Betting sites are hugely popular in Ontario so maybe popular UK high street names like William Hill and online giants like bet365 will apply for licenses.
Sports betting sites most likely to apply for licenses in Ontario are
Gateway Casinos, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and Caesars operate the five biggest physical casinos in Ontario
But there are many more. Depending on how legalisation is rolled out, these land based casinos could be pivotal. In some US states the land based casinos have been able to apply for licenses with each being allowed to run online skins. For example in New Jersey, each of the 9 land based casinos can run 3 online skins, allowing for up to 27 sports betting brands.
There are lots of questions about betting sites and legal betting in Canada. Here we seek to answer the most common questions as simply as possible.
Yes, as long as you bet with a site that is licensed. That license can be anywhere. It is illegal for Canadian citizens to place bets online with sites which do not hold any license.
Any that hold a license, anywhere. However we recommend UK licensed sports betting sites for Canadian citizens as the UK gambling commission licensing is amongst the strictest and most highly trusted in the world.
The highly rated UK licensed sports betting sites are best for Canadians in our opinion. So these are sites like bet365, BetVictor, William Hill & Unibet. See our list of UK licensed bookmakers in order of user rating for more choice.