Gambling history of Canada

Back in 6 000 BC, First Nations of Canada spent their leisure time gambling. Gambling was very important for primitive people and was equated to magic rituals. For example, the faceted bones of animals, sticks and notched stones were used to foretell future. The ancient inhabitants took turns throwing them to the ground. Then they counted and scratched the results on wooden boards. Archaeologists found the first playing devices during excavations.

Article summary

  1. Gambling history of Canada
  2. Legalization of gambling in Canada
  3. Online gambling industry development
  4. Licensing of gambling business in Canada
  5. Statistics on gamblers and provinces
  6. How Canada regulates gambling today
  7. Gambling taxes in Canada
  8. State profits from gambling in Canada
  9. Popular casinos in Canada
  10. Online gambling data on Canada

Gambling was very popular among Canadians, but in 1892 the situation changed – the government adopted the Criminal Code of Canada, which prohibited gambling in the country.

The ban was valid until 1900 when new liberal law appeared. Canada allowed to play the lottery, and later to bet on horseracing, for charity.

The revenue shew the government that gambling is a good source of income. Therefore, in the 1970s, the authorities decided that gambling should contribute to the budget.

In 1974, the country held a large-scale lottery to raise money for the Summer Olympic Games in Montreal. Later on, the government amended the Criminal Code. Canadian provinces obtained the right to license and regulate gambling. In turn, this led to the opening of legal gambling houses.

The first commercial casinos appeared in Dawson City (1971), Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba (1989), and Montreal (1993).

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