Ontario Pushing For Single-Sports Betting

By Ben Hamill - June 29 2021

Ontario Pushing For Single-Sports Betting

Wayne Gates of Niagara Falls, Percy Hatfield of Windsor-Tecumseh and Lisa Gretzky of Windsor West have all sent a letter to Premier Ford urging him to take advantage of Bill C-218. The MPs believe that the legislation will help create new job opportunities to provincial residents who need it most. Just last week, the bill, which was originally introduced by the Conservative MP Kevin Waugh, was officially passed at the Canadian Senate.

At present, the bill is pending a Royal Assent so that it may become an actual law. When it is passed, Canadians will officially be allowed to place wagers on individual sporting events through regulated casinos and other platforms within their respective provinces.  

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Mixed Reactions To The Bill

Other than the MPs, there are plenty of parties that have expressed their delight at the approval of Bill C-218. For one, Ontario’s horse racing industry is extremely pleased with its position after the passage of the bill by the Senate. Jim Lawson, the President and CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, said that the company is thrilled with its position in the directive for single-sports betting. He said that his firm has plenty of experience, as single-sports betting categories are currently only available on harness races throughout the country.

However, not everyone is pleased about the passing of the bill. The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake has previously voiced its objections about the bill. The tribal company is concerned that if the bill passes without its inclusion, there could be a long-term negative effect of its well-being. In addition to this, the tribe believes that its exclusion means that the corporation will no longer have any control over its own future.

Ford Urged To Move Quickly

The letter that the MPs addressed to Premier Ford stated that the passing of Bill C-218 can immediately create a wealth of jobs in gaming communities with operational casinos. When the bill is granted its Royal Assent, each province will be tasked with creating a framework that will turn the expansion of the rules into a reality.

The letter also added that local governments should move quickly to implement all of the necessary regulatory changes so as to best introduce single event wagering within Ontario. According to the MPs, the gaming facilities in Windsor and Niagara are eager to provide spaces that will deliver the option of single-sports betting. Every year, it is estimated that locals spend upwards of CA$110 million on illegal bets.

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