Gambling in Canada is a popular pastime. The average Canadian household spends up to $1,000 on gambling each year. it is perfectly legal to enjoy gambling, both online and in land-based casinos, and most Canadians gamble with few or no consequences.
However, gambling can quickly turn into a problem if the player does not keep a close watch on it. Too much gambling can have a negative impact on your personal life, your career, your household finances, and your physical and/or mental health. It is estimated that up to 3% of Canadians suffer from a gambling problem – roughly as many people as those who suffer from alcoholism.
The good news is that there is hope out there. In order to keep players safe, online casinos practice what’s called responsible gaming. Read on to find out about responsible gaming, what help is out there for players, and how to find assistance if you or someone close to you is having a hard time keeping their gambling under control.
Important: Underage gambling is illegal and both operators and legal guardians may be held liable for it. Check the legal gambling age in your province to make sure your gambling is not breaking the law.
|Province||Legal Age to Gamble|
|Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec||18|
|British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan||19|