Canadian citizens have had a strange relationship with online gambling for a while, due to some confusing matters with the law. The good news is that Canadians can in fact gamble online legally! Though the community is building at a slower rate than in countries with clearer-cut rules, Canada is becoming a hot spot for online slots and table games and it’s only set to grow. Thanks to the freedom of the internet and software based machines, Canadians are no longer limited to playing at traditional land casinos.
The reason why there’s legal confusion in Canada regarding online gambling, is because it’s illegal for online casinos to operate within certain Canadian provinces. This is bound to put people off playing, but remember that isn’t the same as saying that online gambling is illegal. The casino itself needs to be outside of the province’s borders, but the player does not and the player is not breaking the law. Thanks to the power of the internet, this is hardly a problem – Canadian casinos simply operate outside of the borders. The legal age for online gambling is 18 or 19 depending on province. Otherwise you’re safe to gamble online as a Canadian citizen.
Advertising is also limited for online casinos in Canada, so you will see less mention of them except in places were slots fans gather like community forums and online portals and guides. So while this legal confusion does cause a few problems for Canadian citizens, it’s worth knowing that winnings from gambling are not taxable in Canada. This should go some way to assuaging fears that gambling is illegal for the player (it is not!), because the government does not take any tax from games of chance, under the majority of circumstances.
One other issue that sometimes arises is payment. Some Canadian based sites struggle to process direct cash transfers because it raises legal flags for them. This is not something to worry about as each site you join will state what forms of payment they can and cannot accept. To play it safe, most sites accept third party e-wallets such as Neteller and Skrill. In all other regards, making deposits and withdrawals is the same as with any casino. The best sites (which is thankfully the vast majority) protect your details with SSL encryption, but you can also verify that they have this software by checking their credentials. This should be on the ‘about’ page or the bottom of the home page.
Various software developers have been working with Canadian casinos, but the biggest tend to use Microgaming. This is a solid choice as they have something for everyone, with over 400 slot games (depending slightly on how many of those the site has chosen to host) and table games, live dealers, video poker and instants. It’s worth trying a Microgaming powered Canadian site for a smooth loading, high quality experience and some top original slots like Mega Moolah.