Ontario Legal Sports Betting Overview
|ON Sports Betting Law Details||Status|
|📆 Retail Sports Betting Launch Date:||April 4, 2022|
|📆 Online Sports Betting Launch Date:||April 4, 2022|
|✅ Licensed Sportsbooks:||888sport, Bally Bet, bet365, BetMGM, BetRivers, Betway, bwin, Caesars, ComeOn!, Coolbet, DraftKings, FanDuel, LeoVegas, NorthStar Bets, partysports, PlayFallsview, PointsBet, PokerStars, Rivalry, Royal Panda, Sports Interaction, theScore Bet, Unibet|
|💵 Legal Wagering Options:||In-game betting, moneylines, parlays, points spreads, prop bets, same game parlays, teasers, totals|
|🔞 Legal Gambling Age in ON:||19+|
|🏈 Sports to Bet On:||NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, CFL, eSports, minor league baseball, motorsports, golf, mixed martial arts, boxing, UK and European soccer, Olympics, and other international contests|
|🏦 Permitted Banking Options:||Interac, INSTADEBIT, credit card, debit card, bank transfer|
|⚖️ Ontario Gambling Regulator:||Alcohol and Gambling Commission of Ontario (AGCO)|
Ontario Sports Betting Summary
On April 4, 2022, Ontario launched the first regulated sports betting market in Canada. Any sportsbook wanting to operate in the province now needs a local license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission Ontario (AGCO). Licensees are then supervised and supported by iGaming Ontario.
Having a local regulatory body that thoroughly assesses every betting site makes Ontario one of Canada's safest places to bet. Other provinces in the country are expected to follow in Ontario’s footsteps soon and regulate sports betting and online gaming. So, for now, all eyes are on Ontario.
The regulation also allows sportsbook operators to open retail sportsbooks in the province. Previously, only PROLINE, backed by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), was allowed to offer legal betting. PROLINE will continue to operate its retail betting locations with the recently launched PROLINE+ accepting single-game wagers through its desktop site and app.
Many leading gambling operators from the United States and other countries have already launched licensed sportsbooks in Ontario. As of September 2022, there are 24 online sportsbook operators in the province. FanDuel, BetMGM, Bet365, and Caesars were only a few of the prestige names among Ontario’s first batch of licensed gambling sites. Betting brands like DraftKings, Betway and Bally Bet have since launched in the province.
After years of betting sites operating within the grey area of the law, the newly regulated market brings Ontario gamblers safe and legal betting opportunities. To get you up to speed, our comprehensive guide explains everything you need to know about the new regulation and what it means for ON players.
How to Place a Bet in Ontario
The first step in your exciting betting journey is to sign up and create your account with an Ontario sportsbook operator. Signing up is safe and easy; just follow the steps below and you can be placing your first bets in minutes:
Choose an Online Sportsbook
There is a wide selection of regulated sportsbooks available in Ontario, so shop around for the best one for you. Once you choose a sportsbook, click on one of the links above to visit the bookmaker’s site.
Download the App
Most online sportsbooks offer a mobile app you can download from the operator’s website or the Apple App or Google Play Store. If you are downloading the app, install it on your Apple or Android device. Alternatively, you can access the sportsbook’s website from your mobile or desktop device.
Click on the “Sign Up” button (which may also say “Register” or “Join”) and follow the quick steps to create your account.
You will need to provide personal information, including full name, contact details, and date of birth. Complying with AGCO requirements, Ontario sportsbooks will ask you to verify your account by sending copies of documents like your photo ID, proof of address and payment method. However, you can do this after you have signed up.
Make your First Deposit/Claim Your Welcome Offer
Once signed up, visit the sportsbook’s cashier section. Select a payment method and amount to deposit and follow the steps to fund your sportsbook account.
Most sportsbooks offer new players a welcome bonus that will be credited to your account once you make a qualifying deposit. In some cases, you will have to enter a unique promo code to claim the offer. If you have a code, enter it in the allocated space.
Place Your First Wager
Most welcome offers provide you with bonus funds for betting. To wager with cash and bonus funds, you need to add a selection to your bet slip, choose your stake, and place your bet.
Request a Withdrawal
If your bet wins, revisit the cashier section and follow the steps required to withdraw your winnings.
Banking Methods Available in Ontario
Most Ontario sportsbooks accept payment methods used by many bettors in day-to-day life, like Mastercard and Visa. However, these options do enforce minimums and maximums for deposits and withdrawals. In addition, more options like e-wallets and payment-gateway methods are available.
However, there are some restrictions with online banking options like Interac and INSTADEBIT, as some sites may not accept these. Some banks will also block direct bank transfers to sports betting sites, so checking the policy of each provider is essential.
|Bank transfer||Some banks may block online casino transactions – check first|
|INSTADEBIT||Some banks do not accept INSTADEBIT transactions – check first|
|Interac||Not all banks support Interac online payments|
|Mastercard credit card||Cash advance fee may apply|
|Mastercard debit card||No restrictions|
|Visa credit card||Cash advance fee may apply|
|Visa debit card||No restrictions|
Who is Eligible to Bet in ON?
The legal betting age in Ontario is 19, which is slightly higher than in several other Canadian provinces, including Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec, where you can legally gamble at 18 years old.
You don’t have to live in Ontario to gamble legally in the province. As long as you are old enough to gamble and physically present within ON borders, you can bet legally from anywhere in the province. If you are betting from an app, you must enable your device's geolocation services and allow the sportsbook to detect your location before placing bets.
Latest Ontario Sports Betting Updates
Current Sports Betting Status in Ontario
Online sports betting is regulated in Ontario as of April 4, 2022, and operators are allowed to launch in the province with a license from the AGCO. Anyone at least 19 years old and present within Ontario’s borders can legally use a regulated sportsbook to place single-game wagers. However, Ontario bettors can no longer access international sportsbooks that do not have a license to operate in the province.
Timeline for Sports Betting in Ontario
August 30, 2022: iGaming Ontario publishes Q1 figures from across gaming as a whole, with $162m generated in revenue after Ontario gamblers placed over $4bn in wagers.
August 9, 2022: BetMGM becomes an official partner of the NFL in Canada.
August 8, 2022: The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation launches a new mobile app that combines the PROLINE Bet Builder function with its PROLINE+ online betting platform.
August 1, 2022: Betway launches as a licensed sportsbook in Ontario.
July 12, 2022: ACGO registers Bally Bet as a licensed sportsbook operator.
July 1, 2022: FanDuel expands its partnership with the NFL and TSN (the NFL’s Canadian broadcast partner) to include Ontario.
June 22, 2022: The NBA signs a betting partnership with PROLINE+.
June 16, 2022: The MLB announces a betting partnership with PROLINE+.
June 1, 2022: theScore announces it is leaving the US betting market to focus on Canada.
May 18, 2022: DraftKings Sportsbook launches in Ontario.
April 4, 2022: Regulated online sports betting launched in the province and sportsbooks with AGCO licenses become available to ON players.
April 1, 2022: Caesars, Bwin, and PartySports all gain regulatory licenses in Ontario.
March 21, 2022: The Kambi Group becomes a regulated sportsbook operator in Ontario.
March 15, 2022: Leading UK-based sports betting brand bet365 becomes Ontario’s 12th regulated online sportsbook.
March 11, 2022: FanDuel obtains regulatory approval as Ontario’s 11th regulated online sports betting site.
March 9, 2022: After Rush Street International gains regulatory approval, the brand’s BetRivers sportsbook announces its plans to launch on April 4.
March 3, 2022: 888 Holdings confirms it has successfully obtained an iGaming license with the AGCO. The sportsbook will launch on April 4.
February 2022: theScore Bet and PointsBet announce that the AGCO has approved their registration and plan to launch on April 4.
January 2022: The Government of Ontario announces it is launching regulated sports betting on April 4, 2022. The AGCO sets out its regulatory requirements and starts licensing operators.
September 2021: The AGCO completes and releases its regulatory standards for Ontario’s upcoming iGaming market.
August 2021: OLG’s PROLINE+ launches to sports bettors in the province, allowing them to place wagers online and on single events.
August 2021: The Canadian Government signs Bill C-218 into law, meaning each province has the right to regulate and legalize online sports betting. This opens the doors for independent operators to launch in territories that choose to welcome online sports betting.
June 2021: The Senate approves Bill C-218.
April 2021: The House approves Bill C-218.
February 2021: Bill C-218 receives a second reading and gains more support.
November 2020: Ontario’s government announces that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will manage the province’s anticipated online sports betting market.
February 2020: Private Member Kevin Waugh introduces Bill C-218 to amend the law that made sports betting illegal. However, the bill doesn’t get much attention.
2016: Bill C-221 faces heavy opposition from the governing party and fails after Bill C-290 failed the year before.
2015: Ontario launches its first regulated online casino, PlayOLG.ca.
Ontario Sports Betting Background
The Canadian government banned all forms of betting except horse race betting in 1982. This law was amended in 1985 to allow parlay betting at government-approved sportsbooks, with the aim of banning single-game wagering in Canada. Similarly, these amendments aimed to push players to use government-backed sportsbooks, like PROLINE, meaning revenue would come back to provincial governments. However, the law didn’t detail restrictions on wagering with international sportsbooks.
Research data from 2014 showed that Canadians bet nearly $16 billion a year on sports. Most of this money was wagered with international sportsbooks, meaning that extensive amounts of cash were leaving the country without taxation. Bills C-290 and C-220 were introduced in 2015 and 2016 to address these concerns and repeal the previous law banning single-game sports betting, but neither passed.
After years of pressure and debate, Bill C-218 legalized single-game sports betting on August 27, 2021. This bill allowed each province to regulate online sports betting, and Ontario announced its intentions to do so in January 2022. While the actual regulation wasn’t ready until April 4, 2022, the Government of Ontario launched the PROLINE+ site in late 2021 with single-game wagering.
Since the initial launch of sports betting, more brands have launched in Ontario including US heavyweight DraftKings. Betway also recently joined the market.
While PointsBet has released information on its performance since launching in the province, other operators have not offered up much information. It is hard to gauge how the market is performing without figures specific to sports betting.
Future of Ontario Sports Betting
The Ontario betting market is continuing to expand beyond the initial group of licensed sportsbooks in the province. There is no stated limit on how many licenses can be granted, but most of the major US sportsbooks brands have already launched in the state. The exception is Barstool Sportsbook, with Penn National Gaming announcing its theScore Bet brand would be its sole operator in ON. Many sportsbooks already in the province will also likely want to sign partnerships with local casinos to establish retail sportsbook venues.
How many new sportsbooks launch in the province may depend on betting handle figures released by the AGCO. As of August 2022, this information has not been released although iGaming Ontario (iGO) have published their own figures for the first quarter (April 4-June 30) of market operations across gaming as a whole – with more than $4bn in total wagers but just $162m in total gaming revenue from 492,000 active player accounts. However, this data does not include promotional wagers or recently regulated brands.
Ontario Sports Betting Locations
There are 29 land-based casinos in Ontario regulated by OLG, but none of them currently offer retail sports betting. The OLG also operates PROLINE, and Canadian bettors have been placing parlays at participating retail locations since PROLINE launched in 1992. Now, these locations have been upgraded to offer single-game wagering to customers. You can also create bet slips online with PROLINE+ and bring them into a PROLINE retail location to pay for the wager.
On February 1, 2022, the OLG launched the new PROLINE at retail lottery outlets and the PROLINE+ for online users. You can now visit the OLG retail locations and place bets on sports with same-day payouts up to $1,000. You will need to show an ID, but you don’t have to sign up to play in-store.
PROLINE is available in thousands of locations across Ontario. If you want to place sports bets from a retail lottery location, use OLG’s locator to find the retailers nearest to you.
Off-Track Betting Locations
Horse racing was once the only form of legal betting in Ontario for over a decade, and all wagering was regulated by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC). In 2015 these regulatory responsibilities passed from ORC to the AGCO. There are 56 different off-track betting retailers in Ontario where you can go and place horse racing bets, each of which operates safely according to current Ontario gambling laws.
|A & F Billiards||854 First Street E., Cornwall, ON K6H 1M6||(613) 938-6815|
|Bigwigs Billiards||1220 Stellar Drive, New Market, ON L3Y 7B9||(905) 868-9500|
|Broad Street Bar & Billiards||51 King Street W., Brockville, ON K6V 3P8||(613) 345-5655|
|Champions at Century||398 Ferrier Street, Markham, ON L3R 2Z5||(905) 415-9863|
|Champions at Chinatown International||421 Dundas Street W., Toronto, ON M5T 2W4||(416) 977-3639|
|Champions at Greenwood||1661 Queen Street E., Toronto, ON M4L 1G5||(416) 698-3136|
|Champions at Royal Square||1248 Dundas Street E., Unit 4, Mississauga, ON L4Y 2C1||(905) 615-9481|
|Champions Offside Sports Bar||25 Queen Street N., Units 13 & 14, Mississauga, ON L5N 1A1||(905) 813-7424|
|Champions on the Danforth||1075 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4J 1M1||(416) 461-2293|
|Cheffy’s Last Stop||406 Lakeshore Drive, North Bay, ON P1A 2C6||(705) 474-7867|
|Clancy’s Fine Food & Ales||4490 Fairview Street, Burlington, ON L7L 5P9||(905) 333-6805|
|Coach and Horses||16 York Street S., Lindsay, ON K9V 3A2||(705) 328-0006|
|Coch’s Corner||708 Queen Street E., Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2A9||(705) 946-2867|
|Deerfield Golf & Recreation Centre||2363 North Service Road, Oakville, ON L6M 3H8||(905) 847-5555|
|East Chinatown Off-Track Wagering Station||729 Gerrard Street E., Toronto, ON M4M 1Y5||(416) 778-8629|
|Galaxy Lanes||636 West Arthur Street, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5R8||(807) 577-6222|
|Gryphon Pub||114 Dundas Street E., Whitby, ON L1N 7H8||(905) 430-7320|
|Happy Valley Entertainment||4394 Steeles Avenue E., Markham, ON L3R 9V9||(905) 604-4996|
|Heritage Champions||144 Main Street, Markham, ON L3P 5T3||(905) 472-5185|
|Huron Fish & Game Club||278 Alma Street, Clinton, ON N0M 1L0||(519) 482-3022|
|Jimmyz Sports Bar||1861-1863 Eglinton Avenue W., Toronto, ON M6E 2J3||(416) 640 2992|
|Karlee’s||43 King Street E., Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1J9||(905) 662-9384|
|Lee Tavern||72 Daniel Street, Smith Falls, ON K7A 1J7||(613) 283-2266|
|Longshots OTB & Sports Bar||5535 Kalar Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 3K9||(905) 353-9747|
|Lucky 7 Bingo||3 Armstrong Street, New Liskeard, ON P0J 1P0||(705) 647-7101|
|Matter of Taste||1159 Lauzon Road, Windsor, ON N8S 3M9||(519) 945-6666|
|Moodie’s Motor Inn||778 Kingston Road W., Ajax, ON L1T 3A1||(905) 683-1995|
|Quinte Bowling Centre||17 Roy Boulevard, Belleville, ON K8N 0L9||(613) 967-2695|
|Rex Hotel||346 King Street, Welland, ON L3B 3K3||(905) 734-4752|
|RJ’s on Chrysler||125 Chrysler Drive, Unit 2, Brampton, ON L6S 6L1||(905) 792-6626|
|RJ’s on Main||370 Main Street N., Kingspoint Plaza, Brampton, ON L6V 4A4||(905) 457-7626|
|Sheraton Parkway||600 Highway 7, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2||(905) 881-2121|
|Shoeless Joe's Sports Grill||276 King Street W., Toronto, ON M5V 1J2||(416) 596-4203|
|Sports Café Champions||2839 Eglinton Avenue, Toronto, ON M1J 2E2||(416) 266-9577|
|Sticks Sports Pub||500 George Street S., Peterborough, ON K9J 3E5||(705) 775-7845|
|The Brunswick Hotel Complex||72 James Street, Parry Sound, ON P2A 1T5||(705) 746-7666|
|The Kilt Pub Inc.||371 Old Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1C 1B7||(416) 281-2442|
|Vankleek Hill Windsor Tavern||84 Main Street, Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0||(613) 678-2122|
|Victoria Pub & Grill||259 Grange Road, Unit 4, Guelph, ON N1E 6R5||(519) 766-1888|
|WEGZ Stadium Bar||2601 Rutherford Road, Vaughan, ON L4K 2N6||(905) 303-9349|
|Winner’s Edge Sports Bar & Grill||3105 Winston Churchill Boulevard, Mississauga, ON L5L 1P5||(905) 569-3699|
Ontario Responsible Gambling Resources
The AGCO has set out clear responsible-gambling measures in its regulations to ensure players are protected. The following are the responsible-gambling guidelines set by the regulator:
Gambling bonuses must never be advertised to target minors.
Advertising must not be false or deceptive.
Advertising must not promote (or appear to promote) excessive play.
Gambling operators must act to prevent bettors from playing excessively.
Casino operators must implement responsible gambling controls.
Sites and apps must offer information on the signs of problem gambling and options to address and control it.
AGCO also requires all sportsbooks to display problem gambling support, including links to the government-backed free mental health service, ConnexOntario. In addition, the AGCO works with the OLG to create responsible gambling measures and ensure operators are following these restrictions.
Players can also find assistance with independent organizations like the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC), a Canada-wide company based in Toronto offering resources on spotting problem gambling, locations for help centers, and much more. Gamblers Anonymous is another organization providing similar support.
Teams to Bet on in Ontario
Ontario has plenty of professional sports teams for local fans to support, with some also available as betting options in North American major leagues. Canada also has its own professional leagues for six different sports. U Sports operates university varsity competitions across Canada, and Ontario has its own division called the Ontario University Athletics Association (OUA), with 20 different teams. There aren’t many professional women’s teams to get behind except the Toronto Six, an ice hockey team in the Premier Hockey Federation.
Toronto: Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto Blue Jays (MLB), Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto FC (MLS), Toronto FC II (MLS Next Pro), Toronto Marlies (AHL), Toronto Six (PHF), Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Toronto Rock (NLL).
Ottawa: Ottawa Senators (NHL), Ottawa BlackJacks (CEBL), Ottawa Redblacks (CFL), Atletico Ottawa (CPL).
Hamilton: Hamilton Honey Badgers (CEBL), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL), Forge FC (CPL).
Belleville: Belleville Senators (AHL).
Guelph: Guelph Nighthawks (CEBL).
St. Catharines: Niagara River Lions (CEBL).
Scarborough: Scarborough Shooting Stars (CEBL).
Brock Badgers: The wrestling program at Brock has excelled in recent years, with the men’s and women’s teams picking up multiple national championships over the past decade.
Carleton Ravens: The Ravens have a rivalry with the Ottowa Gee-Gees that dates back to 1955, with the teams playing a football game every year called the Panda Game. The Ravens are also Canada’s most successful basketball program, winning a record 16 W. P. McGee Trophies.
Guelph Gryphons: The Gryphons have seen some success with ice hockey, winning a University Cup in 1997. It also won a National Basketball championship in 1974.
Nipissing Lakers: The Lakers haven’t seen much sports success, with the men’s basketball team only making one appearance in the Ontario University Playoffs. The team has a rivalry with the Laurentian Voyageurs and competes for the 705 Challenge Cup across all sports results every year.
Ontario Tech Ridgebacks: Ice hockey is the biggest sport for the Ridgebacks, and the team managed to achieve a CIS National Ranking for the first time in its 2015-16 season.
Ottawa Gee-Gees: The Gee-Gees have won the Vanier Cup twice, and the women’s soccer team also won national championships in 1996 and 2018. In the most well-known rivalry in Canadian collegiate football, the Gee-Gees have won 33 Panda Games compared to the Ravens’ 13.
Queen’s Golden Gaels: The Queen’s Golden Gaels football program has achieved sustained success throughout its history, winning three Grey Cups and four Vanier Cups. The ice hockey team also challenged for the Stanley Cup three times at the turn of the twentieth century.
RMC Paladins: The Paladins currently compete in five different sports in the OUA, including fencing, hockey, rugby union, soccer, and volleyball.
Ryerson Rams: There has only ever been one national championship-winning team at Ryerson when the women’s volleyball team won in 2018.
Toronto Varsity Blues: A vast 43 athletics teams participate in U sports competitions for the Varsity Blues. The colours of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs were picked to match the Varsity Blues team.
Waterloo Warriors: Success has been inconsistent for the Warriors, but the team has previously won national championships in hockey, basketball, and women’s swimming.
Western Mustangs: Aside from boasting the most prominent university marching band in Canada, the Mustangs have won seven Vanier Cups for football. Its men’s squash team also won 36 consecutive provincial championships.
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks: The school’s football team has picked up two Vanier Cup victories and 12 provincial championships. The Golden Hawks cheerleading program has also been very successful, with six national championship titles.
Windsor Lancers: Nine different sports are played at the University of Windsor, and the Lancers have won 87 provincial titles and 33 national titles. The track and field program is responsible for many of these victories.
Toronto Six: The Toronto Six is a women’s Premier Hockey Federation team founded in 2020 that plays at Canlan Ice Sports, York.In its two seasons, the team has come close to glory, losing in the semi-finals of the Isobel Cup to the eventual champions Boston Pride twice.
How does Ontario Compare to Other Provinces?
Ontario regulations allow sportsbooks to offer betting on many different sports, including college sports and eSports, whereas some other jurisdictions prohibit these markets. For example, you can’t bet on eSports in Virginia and you can’t place wagers on in-state college teams in New York. Ontario has shown its commitment to growing eSports betting markets by hosting the semi-finals of the World Championship League of Legends tournament in Toronto. Ontario sportsbooks target players in the province, meaning odds and lines will be available on the sports Canadians follow. Many international sportsbooks also provide the often-prohibited sports markets but may not pick betting lines that interest Canadian bettors.
Competitive Odds & Prices
Many licensed Ontario sportsbooks also operate as international sportsbooks across the rest of Canada, so ON bettors will be getting the same odds as everyone else. PROLINE+ offers much better odds than state run sportsbooks in nearby provinces like Quebec’s Mise-O-Jeu.
Ontario has also welcomed several US sportsbooks with some of the most competitive odds globally. Any players using these sites can expect generous betting lines that would match up to those offered in states such as New York and Michigan.
One of the reasons why Bill C-218 was passed to legalize online sports betting was the potential benefits of gambling revenue through taxing operators. Every sportsbook site in Ontario is taxed 20%, and that revenue goes to the provincial government. Yet, government-led sportsbooks like PROLINE give even more profits to the Government of Ontario.
Other provinces have government-backed betting sites, like Mise-O-Jeu in Quebec, but most players choose to use international sportsbooks offering single-game wagers. All that taxable money is flooding out of Canada to wherever these sites are licensed.
It’s difficult to compare the Ontario market with other jurisdictions, as AGCO hasn’t released any official betting handles. However, iGaming Ontario (iGO) have published their own figures for the first quarter (April 4-June 30) of market operations across gaming as a whole – with more than $4bn in total wagers but just $162m in total gaming revenue from 492,000 active player accounts. This data does not include promotional wagers or recently regulated brands.
There are no betting tax rules in Ontario except for professional gamblers or anyone who earns interest on their winnings, who must declare these winnings on a T5 form. The same policies also apply to government-backed sportsbooks across the rest of Canada, but anyone playing with an international sportsbook faces no tax regulations. This is fantastic compared to every US state, where bettors need to pay taxes to the IRS on gambling winnings, and include winnings when completing their state income tax.
Who Oversees Sports Betting in Ontario?
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission Ontario (AGCO) is the body responsible for licensing sportsbooks, and it established the regulations for the gambling market that launched on April 4, 2022. The organization is also charged with overseeing other regulatory bodies that ensure each upholds high safety standards.
This includes the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), the agency responsible for responsible gambling measures, lottery betting, and operating the government-backed PROLINE sportsbook. This partnership allowed PROLINE+ to launch, which was the first site that accepted single-game bets in the province in December 2021 when external operators had to wait until April 2022.
iGaming Ontario also works with the AGCO to test online sportsbooks applying for licenses against standards set through a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). iGaming Ontario also releases a lot of information for players to educate themselves, like the list of regulated operators.
Is betting legal in Ontario?
Yes, betting is legal in Ontario, where anyone older than 19 can place bets with licensed and regulated sportsbooks. You can check if a betting site is regulated by scrolling to the bottom of its page and finding its licensing information.
When did sports betting launch in Ontario?
Regulated online sports betting launched on April 4, 2022. Before this, single-game wagers were legalized in 2021 and launched with government-led sportsbooks. The new regulation means independent operators can launch in Ontario safely.
Are sportsbooks in Ontario safe?
Yes, online sportsbooks in Ontario are safe. Every betting site is licensed by AGCO, which puts sportsbooks through strict safety tests, and many sportsbooks welcome third-party regulation to ensure player security.
What sportsbooks are legal in Ontario?
Sportsbooks like FanDuel, BetRivers, theScore Bet, Caesars, and many more are available in Ontario. If you want to see a complete list of operators in the province, including any new operators launching, you can visit iGaming Ontario’s list of regulated operators.
Who governs sports betting in Ontario?
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission Ontario (AGCO) provides the regulations for online sports betting in Ontario. The regulatory body also licenses sportsbooks to operate with ongoing supervision and assistance from iGaming Ontario. Every Ontario betting site goes through the AGCO’s strict tests for safety and fairness.
Who can bet on sports in Ontario?
Anyone of legal gambling age (19) within the borders of Ontario can wager on sports. Most sportsbooks will request access to geolocation services to ensure players are in the province. In addition, the AGCO requires identity verification as a part of registration to avoid underage gambling.
How old do you have to be to bet in Ontario?
You must be 19 years old to bet in Ontario, as this is the local gambling age. This legal gambling age is not just a rule for Ontario residents but for everyone that visits the province to wager. That includes those coming from regions where the legal gambling age is younger.
Can I bet on my phone in Ontario?
You can access most sportsbooks on a mobile device, and many operators provide dedicated mobile apps that offer special features like mobile notifications. There are also mobile browser sites with all the same account controls and betting markets.
Can you use DraftKings in Ontario?
Yes, DraftKings is now live and available in Ontario. You can place wagers on a variety of markets and download its betting app to watch live streams while wagering. DraftKings withdrew its Daily Fantasy Sports product from the province on April 1 in anticipation of the regulated online gambling launch.
Which sportsbooks will be available in the future?
Some of the biggest US operators have already launched in Ontario such as DraftKings and FanDuel. Meanwhile there are also international sportsbooks that previously operated in the province and have now relaunched with a license, such as Sports Interaction. There is no limit to the amount of licenses available, so keep an eye out for even more sportsbooks launching in the future.
Do I have to pay taxes on betting winnings in Ontario?
No, you do not have to pay taxes on betting winnings in Ontario unless you are a professional gambler or earn interest on betting payouts. These players will need to add betting winnings to their T5 forms. Most players can bet on sports and keep every dollar they win.