Online Gambling’s Legality in Alberta
Provinces in Canada have been in charge of their own gambling laws since the Criminal Code was passed in 1970. Since then, gambling legislation has been strict in all provinces, with only state-run sites approved to offer online gambling services to Canadian residents.
Alberta has one site, PlayAlberta, licensed to provide these services in the state, regulated by the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC). PlayAlberta is a new addition to Alberta’s gambling scene, having been launched in 2020. There are also over 20 casinos across the province, offering one of the widest selections of land-based gambling in the country.
‘The Grey Zone’
Most of the online casinos available to players in Alberta are based in foreign territories and regulated by other gambling jurisdictions. Since these casinos aren’t based in Canada, Canadians are legally allowed to access their sites in a legal loophole that’s become known as the grey zone. This means licensed operators based in other countries can freely provide their services to Alberta-based players.
It’s no surprise that numerous global brands have chosen to take advantage of the grey zone, including sites like Betway Casino, Casumo, PlayOJO, and several White Hat Gaming sites such as JackpotCity. We aim to bring you only the best from this selection of sites, and Alberta players can pick from this broad selection without fear of repercussion.