Legalized single-game sports betting passed by the House, moves on to Senate

Photo courtesy: Kevin Waugh

The House of Commons has passed Bill C-218, a major step in the legalization of single-game sports betting in Canada.

The legislation now moves on to the Senate, where it can be passed into law.

Last year, Saskatoon-Grasswood member of parliament Kevin Waugh introduced Bill C-218, the safe and regulated sports betting act as a common-sense change to end an outdated restriction on single-event sports betting, an industry worth $14 billion in Canada.

Momentum is now behind the bill and it would be difficult for the chamber of sober second thought to oppose the bill.

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie wants you to be able to place a single-game bet on CFL action. Ambrosie signed a joint statement last June with four major pro sports leagues that operate in Canada to urge the government to take ‘prompt action’ and legalize single-game sports betting. Prior to its passage by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, Ambrosie wrote to the Committee calling the legislation ‘a vital economic tool’ for the league.

Some believe the addition of gambling revenue could help solve the CFL’s financial woes and with the tension mounting ahead of an uncertain 2021 season, some good news from the federal government is needed