But if all of those facts aren’t convincing enough here are some additional ones. Because of our current laws, Canadian gaming operators can’t offer their customers what they want so Canadians are turning to other, illegal, options. The Canadian gaming industry supports over 125,000 direct jobs, generates $12.5 billion annually in direct labour income, and produces over $8.5 billion annually in revenue for government and community programs. What could an additional $14 billion in economic activity do for communities across the country?
The Canadian gaming industry has world-renowned programs for responsible gaming and some of the best regulatory oversight in existence, but it seems our current government is betting its money on leaving single-event sports wagering in the hands of the Hells Angels and offshore gaming operators in foreign countries.
You would think that amending the Criminal Code to legalize an activity that Canadians enjoy and spend billions of dollars on through illegal channels in order to provide greater regulation, consumer protection, and revenue to the public purse is an idea worth championing.