Alberta

Online gambling remains unregulated, with a variety of offshore sites inviting individuals from Alberta. This encompasses digital casinos, sports betting sites, online poker, and bingo platforms.

Alberta has a unique charitable gaming model, whereby eligible charitable or religious organisations may apply for and receive licenses to operate bingo, casinos (which includes table games and slots machines), pull tickets and raffle.

Only licensed charitable or religious groups may conduct charitable gaming activities in Canada

Five horse race tracks are operational within the market.

  • One of these is privately operated
  • Four are operated by Horse Racing Alberta

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Online Gambling

  • There are no state regulated online onshore operators.
  • There are offshore online site operators accept players from Alberta.
  • The Western Canada Lottery Commission (WCLC), holds monopoly on lottery products (including sports betting)
  • licenses are awarded for charitable or religious operators for land-based casinos and slots facilities

Minimum Online Gambling Age

The minimum gambling age is 18

Legalisation

  • Provincial law does not expressly prohibit online gambling but does prohibit onshore online operators from operating within the market.
  • Charitable or religious organisations whose proceeds are circulated to charitable or religious purposes are authorised to apply for and receive licenses to conduct gaming activities.
  • VLTs, table games, poker and slots are authorised within charitable casinos. Slots are also authorised at racing entertainment centers (RECs). Pari-mutuel betting is available on horse racing and simulcasting.

Gambling Taxes

Proceeds from slots activity in casinos is distributed as follows:

  • 70% to the Alberta Lottery Fund
  • 15% to the licensed operator
  • 15% to the charities holding licensed events in casino

Proceeds from slots activity in RECs in distributed as follows:

  • 85% to the Alberta Lottery Fund
  • 15% to REC operators

Provincial Law and Regulators

  • Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC)
  • Key Legislation
  • Gaming and Liquor Act; Criminal Code.