Since Bill C290 entered the Senate in March 2012 the amount of illegal sports wagering continues to grow. This money leaves Canada and helps fund organized crime.

  • Canadians love sports, and love to bet on games. So what’s better — a regulated sports book or taking your chances offshore, or with a bookie? Tell the Senate it’s time to make things right.

  • Bill C290 is for all sports fans and sports bettors who want the freedom to vote on the outcome of one game — not three. Tell the Senate it’s time to make things right.

  • C290 will generate jobs, tourism, and economic opportunities for communities across Canada. Tell the Senate it’s time to make things right.

  • Right now, Senators would rather that you place a bet with organized crime instead of through a regulated sports book. Tell the Senate it’s time to make things right.

  • Saying “yes” to C290 is a vote for a fair, open, and transparent sports betting system in Canada. Tell the Senate it’s time to make things right.

  • You’re old enough to bet on the outcome of the Super Bowl. So why is the Senate treating you like a child? Tell the Senate it’s time to make things right.

Tell the Senate it’s time to make things right!

Why Bill C290?

Canadians have been legally betting on sports for decades but are only permitted to make parlay bets (wagering on the outcome of 3 or more events). C290 amends the Criminal Code to permit wagering on the outcome of single sporting events.

Why is this necessary? Canadians enjoy wagering on sports, and they are wagering approximately $450 million annually on parlay bets with provincial sports lottery products. However, Canadians are wagering over $14 BILLION annually on single sporting events.

How are they doing this? Illegally, through access to offshore Internet betting sites or through local bookmaking operations predominately controlled by organized crime.

Why do they do this? It’s a fairer bet as it provides a knowledgeable sports fan with a better opportunity to win their bet. It means if you want to bet on the outcome of the Super Bowl you aren’t required to also pick the outcome of an NHL hockey game or English Premier League football match.

Sports books that take single event wagers typically return 93%-95% back to the bettor in prizes, while with provincial sports lottery products less than 70% that goes back to the customer.

Passing Bill C290 will mean Canadians will have the opportunity to make fair wagers in safe, secure, regulated environments. It will also mean hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue will stay in the Canadian economy, supporting jobs and communities.



64% of Canadians want the Senate to pass Bill C290


74% agree that it will allow for greater regulation and oversight

History of Bill C290

Bill C290 – An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sports Betting) – was introduced into the House of Commons on September 28, 2011 by Joe Comartin, M.P. for Windsor Tecumseh.

On November 1, 2011 C290 was debated at second reading, with numerous speeches from members of all parties and was referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Following a review by the Committee on February 16, 2012, the Bill was reported back to the House of Commons on February 27, 2012.

Third reading debate was held on March 2, 2012 and again with support from all parties the Bill was passed and referred on to the Senate.

Introduced in the Senate four days later, on March 6, C290 was debated at second reading on May 16, 2012, and referred to the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

Committee hearings began on October 4, 2012, and after five meetings of the committee, with 21 witnesses appearing and 27 written submissions received, the Committee referred the Bill back to the Senate for third reading on November 8, 2012. Debate at third reading continues, with six Senators having spoken to the bill since November 2012.


    • Sports wagering has been legal in Canada for decades.
    • Single event sports betting in Canada is a huge business, but only $450 million is wagered legally in Canada. It is estimated that in excess of $10 billion annually is bet illegally through bookies run by organized crime, and an additional $4 billion is bet through offshore internet sites that are not regulated by Canadian provincial gaming regulators.
    • Eight provinces support Bill C290. The Federal Minister of Justice has received letters from the governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, requesting that the Criminal Code be amended to permit single event sports wagering. The provinces of Quebec, PEI, and New Brunswick have also indicated support for the amendment.
    • Bill C290 received all party support in the House of Commons
    • 64% of Canadians want the Senate to pass Bill C290 and 74% agree that it will allow for greater regulation and oversight — Ipsos poll Dec 2012


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