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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Online gambling jurisdictions - Canada

Canada gambling licenses

Canada, stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north, is filled with vibrant cities including massive, multicultural Toronto; predominantly French-speaking Montréal and Québec City; Vancouver and Halifax on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, respectively; and Ottawa, the capital. It’s also crossed by the Rocky Mountains and home to vast swaths of protected wilderness.

Corporate tax: 26.5%
Gambling tax: 25%

Who manages E-Gambling in Canada
According to the Criminal Code of Canada, online gaming is illegal; however, it may be conducted and managed by each province. British Columbia Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch,  Kahnawake Gaming Commission, Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Authority, Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission and Quebec Régie des Alcools des Courses et des Jeux respectfully.

While the criminal code of Canada does not prohibit online gambling, it does prohibit any type of gambling at an establishment not owned or licensed by a provincial government. Not withstanding this fact, there are an estimated 1,200 to 1,400 offshore websites that make casino type games and other gambling activities available to Canadians. For online gambling operations within Canada’s borders, the Canadian authorities are willing to prosecute, but as of this date, have only done so once, when British Columbia prosecuted Starnet Communications International (“SCI”), a Delaware corporation, run by residents of Vancouver, where one of the company’s servers was located. The court found that SCI had sufficient contact with Canada to be prosecuted under its criminal code. SCI was fined $100,000 and forfeited nearly $4 million in profits. It has since moved its operations overseas. In 2004, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (“BCLC”) launched Canada’s first legal online casino,, which makes legal online gambling available to residents of British Columbia.

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission have consistently asserted that the jurisdiction to enact the Kahnawake Gaming Law is an aspect of Kahnawake's Mohawk or "aboriginal" rights that have existed since time immemorial. The territory independently licenses and hosts online gaming sites for over 200 operators.

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
FINTRAC's core product is case-specific financial intelligence. FINTRAC is also well situated to provide strategic intelligence about trends and typologies of money laundering and terrorist financing. Because money laundering and terrorist financing are almost always transnational in character, and because an important part of FINTRAC's role is to exchange information with like bodies in other countries, it is also well placed to provide a strategic overview from an international perspective.

The Centre has signed information exchange agreements with certain foreign FIUs worldwide, enabling it to provide financial intelligence to its counterparts that can be crucial to investigations of cases involving the international movement of funds. Equally, it can receive information from these FIUs, which is useful to its own analysis.

Online casinos licensed in Canada
Horse Player Interactive
Maritime Poker
MMA Victor

Contact Details:
Kahnawake Gaming Commission
P.O. Box 1799, Old Malone Highway,
Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Quebec, J0L 1B0, Canada
Fax:+1 450 635 1139

Victoria - head office for the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch
3rd Floor, 910 Government Street, Victoria, B.C.
Phone 250 387-5311

Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Authority
Public Enquiries - Service Nova Scotia
PO Box 2734
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3K5

Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission
90 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 200-300 Toronto, Ontario M2N 0A4
Telephone: 416-326-8700

Quebec Régie des Alcools des Courses et des Jeux
560, boulevard Charest Est, Québec (Québec) G1K 3J3
Phone: 418 643-7667


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