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Why Bill S-268 Could Bring Real Changes for Indigenous Peoples and Gaming in Canada – Todayville

August 11th 2023

The latest installment in the story of legal gaming and betting in Canada happened on June 20, 2023, when Bill S-268 had its first reading. If the Bill passes, it will bring big changes for Indigenous peoples in the country and their involvement in the Canadian legal gaming landscape.

This happening follows other major changes to iGaming and sports betting in Canada. In April 2022, Ontario became the first Canadian province to launch a regulated iGaming market. This launch followed the legalization of single-event sports betting the previous year. Now, players can enjoy games and sports betting at Ontario online casinos that are registered and regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario or (AGCO). These big changes in Ontario are now being followed by Bill S-268.

What is Bill S-268?

The Bill was put forward by Senator Scott Tannas and intends to amend the Criminal Code of Canada in terms of the legality of lottery schemes in the country. If the Bill progresses, the First Nation will be permitted to license and manage lottery schemes on its reserve. They will have sole responsibility for operating such lotteries as long as they notify the Canadian Government and the provincial government of the intention to do so. In addition, the content of the Bill refers to amending the Indian Act to allow the council of the band authority to create bylaws concerning the operation and management of proposed lotteries.

Read More: https://www.todayville.com/calgary/why-bill-s-268-could-bring-real-changes-for-indigenous-peoples-and-gaming-in-canada/

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