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Canada’s Legalization for Sports Betting Might Shake Up North America’s Market

Canada’s likely single-game sports betting launch in 2021 might open up another key North America’s betting market at the same time giving a new chance for bettors further south.

Last week, Canadian officials reaffirmed the government’s commitment to legal betting all over the country. Legislation is advancing through Parliament and it is hoped that single-game betting could start by fall 2021.

In Ontario, the most populated providence in Canada, backers see a chance to rival some of the US’ largest state markets. With twice the population of New Jersey, Ontario could become one of the highest-grossing jurisdictions in the continent.

New York Looks For Another Neighboring Market

Since mobile sports betting legislation lingers in the statehouse, some upstate New York residents might be closer than ever before to legal betting, both figuratively and literally.

Residents of Buffalo, the second-largest metro area of New York, could be one of the biggest beneficiaries of legal Canadian sports betting thanks to its symbiotic relationship with Niagara Falls. There are more than 10 million people who crossed the Niagara River border in 2019, the most of any entry point between the two countries.

Once the border restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic are fully lifted and Canadian sports betting starts, Buffalo residents will be among thousands of New York citizens living near a legal online betting market.

It also means New York will border three of the continent’s highest-grossing sports betting jurisdictions in Pennsylvania, Ontario, and New Jersey.

Additional States Could See Impacts

Legal Canadian sports betting might come as some states consider legal betting in 2021. Maine, having come just a few votes short of legal sports wagering in 2020, could soon see legal betting in its border neighbors of New Brunswick and Quebec.

Vermont also sees a million crossings at its Highgate Springs-Alburg as well as Derby Line borders with Quebec every year. New Hampshire, allowing statewide mobile betting exclusively through DraftKings, can also have new betting options to its north, although it has fewer border crossings than its eastern and western neighbors.

How Does the Covid-19 Pandemic Affect Sports Betting In Canada


The Covid-19 pandemic crisis crippled every sector of the economy. Unfortunately, the sports betting industry was not an exception. And in Canada, bookmakers were devastated. With all live games postponed or canceled, they had to look for other ways to cater to the needs of consumers. There is no need to deny that the world health crisis has adversely affected the sports betting industry in Canada, like in any part of the world.

Sports in Canada

Sports are vastly watched in Canada and the country is famous for winter sports and other well-known sports such as football and baseball. Due to the concerns about players contracting the dangerous virus, many sports bodies decided to cancel major leagues, such as the world figure skating championships in Montreal.

How about the sports betting industry?

The cancellation of live sports forced online casinos to cut down operating costs in order to stay afloat. To maintain normal operations, they had to look for alternatives.

In order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Canadian government banned public gatherings and restricted movement. As a result, physical casinos had to shut down and punters were confined to their homes and burn with the insatiable urge to bet. Therefore, the number of people signing up on online casinos has lightly increased.

With frozen live sports, online casinos provided a plethora of games such as poker, roulette, and slots, offering gaming enthusiasts a chance to earn a few bucks while enjoying pastime activity.

The Return of Sports

Now Canadians are slowly coming out of quarantine. They are hoping for a scenario of business as usual. A new normal is now a promising reality, which is good news for bookmakers. Sports federations are discussing how to facilitate the return of sports at the same time keeping residents safe.

The good news is that Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics have started training, however, under specialized environments. That is not a  normal case and Canadians understand that resuming is not an easy task. It requires the cooperation of everyone to decrease the rates of new infections.  Bookmakers now also anticipate a return to normalcy in sports.