Canadian provincial lottery operator the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) and media business theScore have both declared their support for single-event sports betting in the country.
Canada’s Criminal Code, under paragraph 207(4)(b), currently only permits bets on at least three games or more, meaning that a wager on a single match or event is illegal.
However, Conservative Member of Parliament Kevin Waugh aims to change this with C-218, also known as the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act, which had its first reading in the House of Commons in February. The bill looks to repeal paragraph 207(4)(b) of the Criminal Code to permit single-event betting.
BCLC and theScore have now also thrown their backing behind the effort, with the hope of legalising single-event sports betting in British Columbia and the wider Canadian market.