Gambling Behaviour in Canada
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Gambling Behaviour in Canada

Canada has become a popular country for all kinds of gambling. But the entertainment industry has not always been welcomed in North America. Recently, online casino activity has just begun to expand to include almost all social groups.

It's really interesting to see how this activity has evolved and what makes it so appealing to citizens across the country. The main casino brands featured in Toronto and other cities can be found in the reviews at . The resource experts regularly talk about the features of the gambling industry and post reviews for visitors.

History of Canada gambling industry
People in Canada loved to gamble of all kinds long before the country itself was created. In the late fifteenth century, the explorer John Cabot discovered that many natives throughout the territory entertained themselves at numerous games similar to those people play today.

His study of the culture showed that people had been spending time gambling chips here since at least 6,000 B.C. These concepts have been around for a long time and continue to be quite intriguing in terms of what surrounded the ancient settlers.

Gambling has been very popular in Canada since ancient times, but over the centuries its history has not always been good. So in 1892, a new Criminal Code was adopted, which banned gambling in the state. However, already in 8 years, the law was softened concerning the gambling business: lotteries and horse racing bets were allowed. Every year the profit from gambling was growing, so in the '70s the Canadian government decided to take the income from it to the state treasury. A little later, amendments were made to the Criminal Code, which gave greater freedom to the provinces of the country in gambling licensing and regulation. Since then, they started to open casinos, which, became legal.

The general idea of Gambling in Toronto
Since the provinces have different legal provisions, the gambling business itself is characterized differently. In some provinces, you can play from the age of 18, in others from 19. In some provinces, only lotteries are allowed, while in others full-fledged casinos, betting and horse racing are allowed.

If we talk about Toronto, in the province of Ontario gaming is available from 19 years old, the casinos, betting shops, and lotteries are operating in the territory. The province's Internet lottery is allowed. There are also most casinos here: there are 32 gambling establishments, 666 card tables, 26022 slot machines, and video poker.

What type of gambling do Canadians choose?
The most popular types of gambling in Canada include Bingo, slot machines, lotteries, sports betting, and online and offline casinos.

Land-based casinos are slowly losing popularity: all legal gambling institutions in Canada announced that revenues had fallen even before the quarantine began.
For example, casino revenues in Alberta for 2018-2019 confirm this trend with a 24% drop in offline casino profits. After the quarantine restrictions, the provincial government decided to launch their online casinos and $10 minimum deposit casino Canada to at least stay afloat and continue earning. The same happened in other provinces.

How many gamblers are there among Canadians?
Today almost 20 million Canadians gamble. It is worth considering that the country's population is 38 million. Thanks to this number of players, Canada ranked eighth in the world ranking of online gambling.

Do Canadians have a gambling problem?
Gambling is a favorite pastime for Canadians and is seen as a leisure activity, even since over 70% of Canadians have participated in at least one form of gambling per year! It is higher on the popularity scale in some provinces than in others, but still, it is a big deal for them.

Of course, the freedom to play at land-based and online casinos can have serious consequences in some cases. Canadians can seek help and assistance from the Canadian Gaming Association when they feel they are becoming problem gamblers. They can offer several resources on responsible gambling, more information here:

It is an interesting fact that the state protects its citizens from gambling addiction and spends very impressive sums on preventive measures and therapy.

Canada is one of the leading countries in the gambling industry. Although it is only 8th in the world ranking, statistics show that Canadians spend more money on gambling than Americans or Britons.

As casinos have been legal in the country for a long time, the industry is developing actively and has remained fairly stable over the years. Canadians are much more rarely visiting real gambling halls and prefer online casinos and the outer events in the form of quarantine and the rapid technological development only contribute to the change.

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