Single Bet Sportsbook: Place your bets on the bill that brings it over the line
February 22, 2021
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
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On February 17, 2021 Bill C-218 trying to decriminalize
Single-event sports betting in Canada, easily passed second reading
in the House of Commons with 303 to 15 votes.
Bill C-218 is a private member bill that was introduced by
Saskatoon-Grasswood Conservative MP Kevin Waugh. The bill was
First introduced on February 25, 2020 and is described in our
Blakes Bulletin March 2020: Sports Betting for Individual Events:
Will Bill C-218 find its way through Parliament? Some would like
bet on it.
Bill C-218 is now referred to the House of Commons Standing
Justice and Human Rights Committee for further investigation. From there
there must be a third reading in the House of Commons before it is
sent to the Senate for approval.
The federal government recently introduced Bill C-13, which searches as well as Bill C-218
Decriminalize single bet sports betting. Bill C-13 is outlined
in our Blakes Bulletin from November 2020: Good Odds Single-Event Sports
Betting will soon be legal in Canada.
While both bills try to implement Section 207 (4) B of the
Criminal Code to repeal the existing ban
You want to bet on the outcome of a single sporting event
bring about the change in a slightly different way.
Section 207 (4) StGB defines permissible
Lottery systems. Section 207 (4) letter b specifically
excludes certain activities from the definition of a permitted one
The provision is currently as follows:
(b) bookmaking, pool sales, or making or recording
Bets, including bets made through a pool or agency
Pari-Mutuel system, in every race or fight or in a single sport
Event or sporting competition;
Bill C-218, the private member's bill, seeks to repeal entirely
Section 207 Paragraph 4 Letter b StGB,
while Bill C-13 attempts to revise paragraph (b) to remove references
to "any race or fight, or an individual sporting event or sport
Competition "while" every horse race "is added at the end of
The commission. In terms of impact, both bills would decriminalize
Single event sports betting, but would have different effects
Horse race. Government-backed Bill C-13 would be retained
Canada's current pari-mutuel system for horse racing
Race while Bill C-218 Horse Racing can bet as the open
When Bill C-218 passes its second reading and Bill C-13 is
It is expected that the second reading will take place shortly
The Canadian market may look dramatic (at least in that
Legislative process) at the conclusion of decades of efforts
Finally, the penal code lift the ban
Single bet sports betting. All in all, state bills are
generally more to the law than to private members
Bills, but by the time Bill C-13 takes his second reading it is
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