With the rise in online gambling, Canada has naturally seen an increase in the number of new online casinos hitting the iGaming scene. For Canadians, this is a welcome change, especially with the legalisation changes that came into effect in April 2022.
However, for new players, this can also present quite a challenge when looking to register with a new casino. Our article will take a closer look at what should be in place for Canadian players to experience a safe and reliable online gambling experience.
Is online gambling legal in Canada
Yes, legalization came into force in April 2022, so there has been an increase in the number of operators offering their services to Canadian players. For example, as one of the largest provinces in Canada, Ontario is home to more than 14 million people, which is why casino operators are lining up to get a piece of the action.
Prior to the wider legalization, online gambling in Ontario was limited to an online casino owned by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, but now the floodgates have opened and Ontario residents have a wide variety of choices. Any operator wishing to offer its services just needs to reach an agreement with iGaming Ontario and away they go.
All reputable online casinos will be licensed and regulated by iGaming Ontario. For those which aren’t, you need to look out for other trusted gaming authorities such as the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) or Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).
You will find the relevant licensing details in the footer of the casino’s webpage, and often in the terms and conditions too. If you cannot find any information regarding a license, steer clear of the site altogether.
Trustworthy online casinos in Canada utilize the latest SSL encryption technology to safeguard data and financial transactions. To ensure the games are legit, third party auditors are employed who monitor the Return To Player (RTP) rates and Random Number Generator (RNG) software to ensure fair gaming compliance.
Games and software
The best online casinos offer Canadian players a superb choice of online casino games. You should expect to find a diverse portfolio which includes slots, table games, progressive jackpots and often a live casino.
Ideally, games will be supplied by some of the best names in the iGaming industry such as Microgaming, NetEnt, Evolution Gaming, Playtech, Big Time Gaming and Play’n GO. These award-winning software developers provide a wealth of online casino games which are safe and fair to play.
You can expect to find a multitude of payment methods offered at top online casino sites. It’s always advised to check this list before registering to be sure they have your preferred method available. Trusted and reliable banking options such as iDebit, Trustly, Visa, MasterCard, MuchBetter, Neteller and Paysafecard are frequently available.
Deposits are usually fee-free, but withdrawals may incur a nominal charge and it’s best to check the casino’s terms and conditions plus your banking provider to determine any potential fees prior to conducting payments. It’s common for the casino to impose a ‘pending’ status on withdrawals for up to 72 hours so that they can verify the transaction.
Bonuses and promotions
Casino operators are vying for the attention of Canadian players, so they are offering competitive bonuses and promotions. These can attract new players and retain existing ones, but you need to be sure that they offer fair terms and conditions. Sometimes things really are too good to be true.
By checking the bonus terms, you can get a sense of whether a bonus is beneficial or not worth touching. Bona fide casino bonuses will offer low to average wagering requirements (35x or below) and reasonable validity periods for playthrough.
Some of the best Canadian casinos will offer match deposits, free spins, no deposit bonuses, cashback promotions and reload bonuses.
On the odd occasion that things may go wrong, top online casinos offer responsive and helpful customer support. You can expect a 24/7 service whether it be via email, live chat or sometimes telephone. The team will offer multilingual services and be knowledgeable and helpful.
Licensed and regulated online casinos often also offer support with responsible gambling through player tools such as time limits, deposit limits, time out or self-exclusion. Customer support is usually your first port of call for help with these.