Ontario Sports Betting: 2021 Legal Update

Canada Legal Update 2021

Canada FlagThere are currently two Canadian bills to legalize sports betting that are active in parliament. The public bill was C-218, which deals with public policy and criminal laws. This would have to do with the decriminalization and regulation of sports betting. The private bill, CGA, C-13, deals with specific corporate rules or with individuals. This is another avenue that could regulate sports betting as it deals with specific sportsbooks.

The hope is that these bills both get passed by the end of the legislative season. This will allow single-game betting to become legalized in the country. Each province would then have its own legal framework to launch sports betting. This includes regulations, taxes, licenses, fees, and more.

2021 legal sports betting for Canada could be right around the corner.

Ontario Legal Update 2021

Ontario FlagOntario seems to be the favorite to launch sports betting first if Canada legalizes. However, the regulations, licensing fees, and taxes are not concrete. Sportsbooks like DraftKings do expect a similar framework to that of the United States’ sports betting laws. This would allow for a pretty easy transition for many of the mobile sportsbooks that are already present in North America to enter the Ontario legal betting market.

Ontario is promising online single-game sports betting. It is now just a waiting game for the federal government of Canada to pass their bills and allow Ontario to create and pass their bills.

Ontario Projected Launch Time

The timeline for Ontario sports betting is rather complex. There are tons of moving parts. The first is legalized Canadian sports betting. Then, Ontario will need to get its bills through in the province. At the same time, sportsbooks need to get their technology and business ready to enter a new market and new country.

Once everything is legalized, the licensing process will begin and may take time due to the fact that Canada is a brand new legal system and country for these sportsbooks. Therefore, it could be late 2021 to late 2022 before we see Ontario sports betting launched. However, if Canada fails to legalize, it may even be longer.

Top Projected Online Sportsbooks

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DraftKings

DraftKings Sportsbook is a staple in the American sports betting market. It has evolved past a simple daily fantasy platform and now offers an online casino and sportsbook. It provides some of the best-priced wagers and has one of the best mobile apps and browser sites in the sports betting industry. It has consistently been one of the top-rated mobile sportsbooks in the United States.

DraftKings Sportsbook offers its American consumers a $1,050 new-user bonus, which we project to be extended to Ontario. The $1,050 bonus breaks down into a $1,000 deposit match bonus and a $50 free bet, the latter being exclusive to LINEUPS. The deposit match is good for a 20% match rate.

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FanDuel

FanDuel was one of the big daily fantasy companies in the United States before legalized betting started. When it did, the company was bought out by Flutter Entertainment, an online gambling giant. FanDuel is now one of the most successful online sportsbooks and leads major markets like Michigan.

FanDuel Sportsbook has a welcome bonus in the States that may be offered to Ontario. That welcome bonus is a $1,000 risk-free bet. The risk-free bet is exactly what it sounds like, as your bet is insured up to the $1,000 amount. If you lose, you get your betting credit back.

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BetMGM

BetMGM is the online sportsbook offered by the prestigious MGM Resorts International. The company has paired up with Entain, an online gambling firm, to offer BetMGM to the United States. The online betting platform offers casino games, sports betting, and online poker. It has quickly become one of the most respected brands in the industry.

BetMGM currently runs a bonus for new users that is worth $600. This bonus very well may be offered to Ontario as well. The $600 comes in the form of a risk-free bet that can be used on a myriad of different selections. The risk-free bet allows your first wager to be stress-free with BetMGM, as you cannot lose.

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William Hill

William Hill is an international sportsbook that originated in the United Kingdom. It is an online sports betting platform that reaches bettors all over the world. However, it operates in a fully legal capacity, getting licensed anywhere that it offers its sportsbook. William Hill will definitely be entering the Ontario market when it is opened.

William Hill always offers a lucrative welcome bonus. However, it is drastically different based on location. There is no telling what exactly will be offered to Ontario. The most likely offer would be a medium-sized risk-free bet ranging from $300-$500.

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Top Ontario Physical Casinos

Ontario has a large casino scene with dozens and dozens of locations. Here are some of the biggest casinos in the province, many of which will likely offer sports betting if legalized.

Caesars Windsor

Address: 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor, Ontario
Ownership: Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
Operator: Caesars Entertainment

Casino Niagara

Address: 5705 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 6T3
Ownership: Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Operator: Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment

Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort

Address: 6380 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 7X5
Ownership: Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Operator: Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment

Casino Rama

Address: 5899 Rama Rd, Rama, Ontario, Canada
Ownership: Ontario Lottery and Gaming & Chippewas of Rama First Nation
Operator: Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie

Address: 30 Bay St, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 7A6, Canada
Ownership: Gateway Casinos
Operator: Gateway Casinos

Top Ontario Teams

Ontario is home to Toronto, one of the biggest sports towns in North America. There are several large franchises and organizations out of Ontario, and the province will be a hotbed for single-game sports wagering.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs 100x100The largest team in Canadian sports is arguably the Toronto Maple Leafs. Being the biggest hockey team in the biggest hockey country makes this franchise a staple of Ontario sports. As of now, hockey does not rack up a ton for sports handle in North America.

However, while NHL wagering lacks behind other major sports in America, many predict that the NHL could be massive in Canada and Ontario. The Maple Leafs will most likely be the most wagered on hockey team in the NHL, and Ontario bettors will lead that charge.

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators 100x100The second NHL team in Ontario is the Ottawa Senators. While the team is not as popular as the Toronto Maple Leafs, it still pulls in big numbers in Canada. The team has had a rough patch over recent years, failing to put together a competitive side.

Regardless of the competitiveness, the team is still projected to be one of the more bet on franchises in Ontario. The popularity of hockey, while being in the capital of Canada, makes it a hot spot for wagers.

Toronto Raptors

toronto raptorsAnother massive Canadian franchise is the Toronto Raptors. The 2019 NBA Champions have quickly become one of Toronto’s and all of Canada’s favorite teams. The franchise pulls in huge numbers from across the entire country.

Currently, basketball is the second-most bet on sport next to football in North America. The Raptors will be a big-ticket team when it comes to sports handle in Ontario. Many sportsbooks will race to get sponsorships and partnerships done with the team.

Toronto Blue Jays

blue jaysThe Blue Jays have been the sole Canadian baseball team since the Montreal Expos moved to Washington D.C. The Blue Jays have always been an Ontario favorite and pull in good ratings and attendance numbers. However, due to COVID, the team was not able to play in their own stadium for the 2020 season.

The Blue Jays will pull in a good chunk of bets for the Ontario betting market. The sheer amount of games that MLB plays makes it a lucrative sport for sportsbooks, both retail and online.

Daily Fantasy Sports

dk icon box white150Daily fantasy does not really have any restrictions or oversight in Ontario or all of Canada. DraftKings and FanDuel, the two largest daily fantasy sports operators, both operate in Ontario, allowing residents to play real-money competitions.

Daily fantasy laws may get an overhaul when online and mobile sports betting becomes legal, but for now, there are not many restrictions on the competitions, games, and platforms that you can play with in Canada.

Online Casino Gambling

Online casino gambling is not legal in Ontario. This legislation very likely could come alongside the online sports betting legislation that is expected if single-game betting becomes legalized in Canada. Ontario will need to create a regulatory framework for both of these if it chooses to allow mobile sports betting and online casino gaming to be legal in its province.

Horse Race Betting

Horse race betting is fully legal at racetracks all over the province. You can bet on horse racing legally at these locations, but you cannot bet online at this moment. There are some casino games available at racinos in the province.

Online race betting has not been discussed in regards to legalization. However, one would expect that if online sports betting is allowed that online horse race-betting will also be allowed and regulated in Ontario.

Ontario Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Canada?

Technically you can bet on sports at certain casinos, but single-game bets are not legal. You can only place parlays. On top of this, mobile wagering is not legal or regulated in the country at this point. This could change in 2021.

Is sports betting legal in Ontario?

While you can place parlays at retail sportsbooks located within select casino locations, single-game sports betting is not legal. On top of this, Ontario does not have mobile or online betting available at this time. Canada will need to legalize single-game betting before Ontario proceeds.

When will single-game sports betting launch in Ontario?

There is no specific date for when single-game sports betting will launch in the province. The hope is that Canada’s parliament passes the bills before summer that would legalize single-game bets. Then, Ontario could launch mobile sportsbooks as well as single-game bets at retail locations.

Will there be mobile sports betting in Ontario?

Ontario’s government has hinted that it wants to launch online sports betting when single-game sports betting becomes legal in the country. DraftKings, FanDuel, and other sportsbooks expect Ontario to have online and mobile sports wagering in the future and plan to launch in the province.

Can I visit a casino in Ontario to bet on sports?

Yes; however, you will not be able to bet on single-games. You have to place multiple wagers at once and create what is called a “parlay”. This is because match-fixing is much harder when you have to fix multiple games at once.

Will online casinos launch with sports betting in Ontario?

Yes, it is just about guaranteed that casinos will launch single-game betting and expanded sports wagering when/if Ontario legalizes it following the federal government’s ruling. Since sports betting is already available at many casinos, it will be an easy transition to expand the wagers offered.

Are there any Canadian-based sportsbooks?

theScore is a Canadian-based sportsbook. However, several international and American sportsbooks are planning to enter the Canadian market. There will not be a lack of sports betting options in Ontario, barring Ontario limiting the number of licenses that it gives out.

Can I bet on American sports in Canada?

Yes, you will not be restricted to Candian-only sports bets if Ontario and Canada legalize single-game mobile and retail wagering. In fact, you will be able to place bets on Canadian sports, American sports, international sports, and more. The expansion of wagering options will be drastic.

Will I need to make a sports betting account separate from my DFS account in Ontario?

You will not be able to wager with the sportsbook on your DFS account with DraftKings or FanDuel. You can link your sports betting and fantasy accounts by using the same email. Sports betting has more restrictions and will need more personal information in order for you to wager.

Will there be taxes on online sports betting in Ontario?

Yes, sports betting winnings will be considered taxable income. However, currently, there are no specific laws put in place regarding mobile wagering and its winnings. There will be more information available if the Canadian government legalizes single-game betting and Ontario regulates online wagering.

  
Matthew is a UC Berkeley economic and philosophy graduate. He has played DFS, Football pools, and survival leagues for most of his adult life. Matthew brings to the table great strategies for both your GPP and Cash plays as well as a winning track record with his picks of the week.