Legal online casinos in Canada have not yet implemented their mobile apps. Their sites click here to view, of course, can be accessed through gadgets even if online casinos are not optimized for them. Strictly speaking, only residents of those provinces where they are legal can play on these sites. However, there are many Kahnawake Mohawk-licensed casinos that have been designed for mobile gaming.
Note for visitors to our mobile gambling catalog that there are three major network operators, Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility. Each controls about a third of the market. As is typical of areas with a long history of cheap, reliable and abundant land lines, Canada has a relatively low cellular penetration rate. In early 2013, about 4 in 5 Canadians owned a cell phone, and by 2015 the rate had risen to 100 percent. The increase is largely due to a rise in functionality that allows Canadians to watch TV, shop, and gamble with their mobile devices rather than just using their phones. Current smartphone penetration is 47% and tablet penetration is 21%.
Since most Canadians have access to fast WiFi both at home and at work, the cost of an Internet connection is not a barrier to visiting mobile gambling sites in Canada.
Gambling in Canada
As of January 2017, all types of gambling are legal in Canada. With the exception of three provinces, the legal age for gambling in Canada is 19. In Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, it is legal to gamble from the age of 18. Each of the country’s ten provinces and three territories has its own gambling regulatory authorities. Casinos, racetracks, lotteries, bingo and other gambling organizations must comply with the laws established by the local regulator of that province or territory.
Online Gambling in Canada
The situation with online gambling in Canada is quite complicated. The Criminal Code of Canada, more specifically the section “Gambling and betting”, does not prohibit online casinos and their mobile versions, unless the player is found to be underage. In that case, the young gambler could be held criminally liable. There are no specific laws that prohibit Canadians from playing on online gambling sites based in other countries. At the same time, no Canadian company can offer such services domestically.
Nevertheless, one interesting fact about online gambling sites in Canada is that there is absolutely no restriction on online gambling in the Kahnawake Mohawk outside of Montreal. Kahnawake Gaming Commission is the official gambling regulator of Quebec and has been licensing online casinos, poker rooms and betting shops since 1999. A lot of world-known gambling organizers got their licenses here.