Canadian Single-Event Sports Betting Bill C-13 Tabled Until 2021
December 14, 2020
The Canadian gaming industry will have to wait for further progress on Bill C-13
, the legislation that is looking to allow single-event sports betting across the country for the first time, as the House of Commons adjourned on December 11 until January 2021.
Friday was the Commons' last day before members' Christmas break. No further progress was made on Bill C-13, and debate is now expected to resume in late January when members return.
The bill has made pleasing progress in recent weeks, progressing from resurrected Private Members Bill to a federal debate in the Commons after it was brought before the House by Justice Minister David Lametti and garnering widespread and cross-party support.
The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) and other industry advocates say the bill offers a "tremendous" opportunity
for the Canadian gaming market and its operators, regulators, and customers.
Part of that optimism comes from looking to the U.S., where huge success has been seen for sports betting since 2018. There was more progress in last month's U.S. election
, as several more states took strides forward with sports wagering.
Bill C-13 was only introduced by Lametti on Nov. 26 and Canada's parliament requires that a bill go through three readings in the Commons before it can be adopted and sent to the Senate.
Regardless of the delay, CGA president Paul Burns told Sports Handle
that it's "exciting" that the bill has been met with all-party alignment in the Commons. "The government that is controlling the agenda is the one that is driving the bill,” Burns noted
. “We now have an alignment. It truly puts them on a path to getting it done quicker."
Burns and the CGA are hopeful that widespread single-event sports betting will be available to gamblers at some stage of 2021.