In the Great White North, each province deals individually with the activities involved with games of chance and has its own set of acts and regulators. The requirements may differ, for example, you have to be 18 to gamble in Quebec
, but in Yukon, you can visit the casinos only if you are 19. So as you see, each province and territory has a different set of rules, and it is not only about age restrictions.
The most common illegal gambling offenses in Criminal Code of Canada:
- Section 201 — Keeping gaming or betting house; Person found in or owner permitting use.
- Section 202 — Betting, pool-selling, book-making, etc.
- Section 206 — Offence in relation to lotteries and games of chance.
- Section 209 — Cheating at play.
Here, you will find territories where you can only participate in the state lottery; anything else is illegal. And there are also provinces where you can choose whatever you want: horse races, poker, bingo – you name it. Everything here depends on your location, so be sure to check the legislation beforehand.
No wonder Canada is attracting people from all over the world with its casinos. There are not many countries with state approval and support systems for the betting industry. Tourists come here trying to make a fortune. And you know what is especially nice about playing in this country? No tax on the winnings unless it is the way you make your living. If you are not a professional poker man, the government will not take even a penny from you!
Even though games of chance are mostly legit in the Great White North, illegal gaming houses can still be found all over the country. Such places have an enormous amount of currencies circulating inside. But here is a fun fact – the authorities do not pay a lot of attention to them! As it turns out, this kind of gaming house is not a threat to the legal part of the industry. And police rarely receive complaints about them.