Another Canada Province Launches Online Gaming

Published April 16, 2012 by OCR Editor

Another Canada Province Launches Online Gaming

Manitoba announced plans to partner with British Columbia lottery from 2013.

Manitoba has become the latest Canadian province to go down the path of providing state-run online gambling, announcing plans to launch a website in 2013 in partnership with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

Manitoba to Launch Site

Manitoba Lotteries said that by running its own online gambling website, it would be able to combat thousands of illegal sites which cost it C$37 million in revenues annually, and to ensure that its residents do not fall into the trap of putting their money in the hand of operators who offer no responsible gambling features.

Under its agreement with British Columbia Lottery Corporation, BCLC and GTECH G2 will provide the site design, development and testing services, while Manitoba Lotteries will manage most other aspects of the website - which is due to launch in the first quarter of 2013 with plenty of gambling options including online casino and poker.

Manitoba has also not ruled out including online bingo and sports betting by the launch, and it estimates the new site will generate $1.5 million in net income in its first year beore rising to $17 million by 2018. Five percent of income will go directly into responsible gambling and anti-addiction programs.

Canada Expands Online Gambling

Manitoba is one of the few remaining Canadian provinces still to have set up its own online gambling platform, after Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces all launched their own regulated online gambling environments in the past two years.

In fact, BC is even reportedly looking to expand from its online games and tickets platform into the field of mobile gambling, in a response to the proliferation of unregulated sites doing the same. A decision has still not been made, but when there is one you will be sure to hear about it first at Online Casino Reports Canada.

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