Online Gambling’s Legality in Newfoundland and Labrador
Since the 1970 Canadian Criminal Code was introduced, Canadian provinces have been free to set their own gambling laws, to a certain extent. In that time, Newfoundland and Labrador has stood fast as one of the areas with the strictest laws around betting.
Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the last Canadian provinces to not offer a state-run online casino to its residents. The Atlantic Lottery Commission, which regulates New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as well as Newfoundland and Labrador, offers its own site, ALC.ca, but this is limited to lotteries, iBingo, and Pro-Line sports betting. Even land-based casinos are outlawed in the province, with suggestions for opening brick and mortar betting locations consistently shut down by local lawmakers.
But in recent years, this steadfast approach has started to soften. Although the legalization of Newfoundland and Labrador-based online casinos is still a way off, attitudes on the opening of a physical casino are slowly changing and may even bend at the right price.
Players looking for real-money online casino games will not find them offered from within the borders of Newfoundland and Labrador. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t choice, thanks to Canada’s flexible regulation on operators based outside of the country.
‘The Grey Zone’
The Grey Zone refers to a loophole in Canadian online gambling laws. While casino sites based in Canada are heavily regulated ‒ even in provinces where online casinos are allowed, these sites are entirely state-run ‒ offshore sites continue to offer their services to Canadian online gamblers.
These casinos are regulated by other gambling jurisdictions, and since these sites aren’t based within Canada, they aren’t in breach of any Canadian laws. This gives Canadians a wide choice of playing options ‒ big-name sites include Barz, Casumo, Dream Vegas, all of which offer Newfoundland and Labrador residents an outstanding experience, despite stringent local gambling regulations.