Gambling Laws In Ontario

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  • In Canada, legalized gambling exists under the authority of the federal Criminal Code of Canada
  • However, each province and territory is responsible for their gambling operations
    In Ontario, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC) is responsible for gaming operations including: province-wide lottery games, charity and aboriginal casinos, slot facilities at race tracks and commercial casinos (Casino Rama, for example).
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase lottery tickets in Ontario, or enter a casino. Under legislation passed in 1997, it is a provincial offense, punishable by significant fines, to sell OLGC tickets to anyone under the age of 18.
  • OLGC lottery products cannot be purchased over the Internet.

Where Can You Gamble?

  • There are 4 commercial casinos, and 5 charity casinos in Ontario. These casinos have 630 table games and 13,930 slot machines.
  • There are 16 slot machine at facilities varying racetracks in Ontario.
  • The OLGC is responsible for province-wide lottery games, charity and aboriginal casinos, slot facilities at racetracks, and commercial casinos.
  • There are more than 10,600 OLGC lottery retailers across the province offering 12 different lottery games.
  • Approximately 8,600 of these retailers operate video lottery terminals for computer-generated games.

Sources: Azmier, Jason. 2005. Gambling in Canada 2005: Statistics and Context. Canada West Foundation. Calgary, Alberta.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Annual Report 2004, “Winning Against the Odds”. www.olgc.ca