Online gambling in British Columbia is quite liberal with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation holding a monopoly to provide online gaming. Offshore casinos, sports betting sites and bingo accept residents with a minimum legal age of 19 (some at the age of 21).
The maximum number of casinos in British Columbia permitted by law is 22.
- 15 casinos
- 2 racetrack casinos
- 6 bingo facilities
- 19 Community Gaming Centers
PlayNow.com was launched in July 2010 and is available for British Columbia residents only.
The online platform offers:
- Sports betting
- Table games – Blackjack, Sic Bo, Craps and Roulette
In 2012, the BCLC entered into a partnership with Loto-Quebec to offer online poker.
British Columbia Online Casinos
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- Offshore online casinos accept players from British Columbia.
- The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), an agent of the government), is the only state regulated online onshore operator and operates through the PlayNow.com platform.
- The BCLC holds monopoly over offline and online lottery products, sports betting and gaming products.
- Online operators are neither explicitly prohibited or permitted.
- Provincial law prohibits unlicensed onshore operators from operating within the market.
- Local governments determine the type and scope of gaming within their territories.
- Horse race betting is commercially operated at racetracks and permitted for licensed operators.
- Community Gaming Centers are permitted to offer slots and bingo products, but not table games.
- Charitable or religious organisations may apply for and receive licenses to operate charitable gaming.
Minimum Legal Gambling Age
The gambling age is 19
- The surplus generated from all BCLC activity, including PlayNow.com is circulated to support communities, Provincial programs and charities.
- Casino revenue is taxed through sharing agreements with local governments that host casinos. 10% of the net income generated from these casinos is paid to the host local governments.
- The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch
- Ministry of Finance
- BCLC is responsible for the oversight and management of casino activity in British Columbia.
- Gaming Control Act
- Gaming Control Regulations
- The Canadian Criminal Code, Part VII.