Online Gambling Frequently Asked Questions

For all the information on online gambling in Canada, this page is the place to be. Here, our experts answer all of the most commonly asked questions about gambling. You can read through our online gambling guide to learn more or contact us by email with questions not addressed on this page.

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Gambling Tax FAQs

Gambling tax varies from country to country. Find out below everything you need to know about the rules and laws in Canada and its provinces.

Do I have to pay taxes on my winnings?
  • Due to the Income Tax Act, all Canadians who win money on the lottery or games of chance do not have to pay any income tax on those winnings

  • This is true for winnings from sports betting and casino games like poker and slots too
  • In short, you don't need to pay any taxes on online casino winnings in Canada
  • However, if you earn large amounts of money from gambling, you may be taxed
  • In Ontario, for instance, any income between $42,201 and $84,404 has a tax rate of 9.15%. That jumps up to 11.16% if you earn between $84,404 and $150,000, so heavy gamblers need to be aware of this
  • For more information, be sure to consult your accountant or tax attorney
How do I report casino winnings on my taxes?
How much money can I cash out at a casino without paying taxes?
How much money can I win by gambling without paying taxes?
Is prize money taxable in Canada?
Do I have to declare bingo winnings?
Do online casinos report winnings to the Canadian Revenue Agency?
Do professional gamblers have to pay for tax in Canada?
What are the tax rules for gambling as a Canadian in the USA?

Gambling Online FAQs

Read below for detailed answers on all things online gambling. From how to sign up to a gambling site, to the legalities of betting in Canada and your province.

How do I sign up to a gambling site?
  • Head to the registration page of your chosen site
  • Create your username and enter some basic details (name, email, etc.)
  • Verify your account via an email link
Can I get in trouble for online gambling?
Is there any part of Canadian legislation for online gambling that I should be aware of?
What is the legal online gambling age for each Canadian province?
Can I still gamble when I travel outside of Canada?
Do bookies have to pay out by law?

Online Casino Games FAQs

Are you new to gambling and unsure how to play casino games online? We have answered everything you need to know below.

Where can I play free casino games?

Nearly all online casinos available for Canadian players let you play for free. This lets you try out the games risk-free before gambling with real money.

Our top 5 recommended online casinos are:

What’s better: online casino or sports gambling?
Which casino game offers the best chance of winning?
What gambling game has the best odds?
What are the odds of winning the lottery?
What is the best online gambling game to play?
Can I play slot games online for real money?
What are progressive jackpots?

Online Sports Betting FAQs

Online sports betting generally requires more skill and knowledge than other types of gambling. Our FAQs below should help prepare you along the way.

How does sport betting work?
  • In sports betting, you wager money on outcomes of sporting events
  • You might, for example, bet on a team winning a hockey game
  • There are many different outcomes that can be bet upon, depending on the sport
What is moneyline in sports betting?
What does line mean in sports betting?
Where is sports betting legal in Canada?
What does the + and - mean in sports betting?

Gambling Welcome Bonuses FAQs

Welcome bonuses are a great incentive for new customers at online casinos. But how do you claim one and is there a catch? Find out below.

What is a casino welcome bonus?

A casino welcome bonus is when an online casino gives you free money or betting credits for creating an account. Most sites offer these bonuses to draw in new players.

How do I choose the best casino welcome bonus?
How do I claim a casino welcome bonus?
How do I know if I am eligible for a casino welcome bonus?
Are casino welcome bonuses as good as they sound?

Gambling Payments FAQs

When gambling for real money online, how do you know which payment methods are safest and best to use at casino sites? Read on to find out.

What are the best deposit options for online gambling?

Credit and debit cards are usually the simplest options for depositing money to your online casino account. Debit cards usually have no fees at all, while credit cards might incur some small fees.

Third-party sites like InstaDebit and PayPal can also be used on some casinos to get money instantly into your account.

What is the safest deposit method?
Do I need a credit card to gamble online?
How Long Does it Take to Get My Money Out?
Are online payment platforms safer to use for gambling cash withdrawals than debit and credit cards?
Are all gambling transactions processed in Canadian dollars?
What is PlayNow?

Gambling Online Safety FAQs

Read below for frequently asked questions on safety when gambling online. Such as how to know if a casino site is legitimate.

Are Canadian online gambling sites legitimate?
  • Yes, these sites are legit, as long as they are not based in Canada
  • Gambling sites are licensed to protect players
  • These sites are often audited and tested to ensure that the games are fair
  • Your personal data is safely stored on secure servers
How can I avoid being scammed by an online gambling site?

Online Gambling Platforms FAQs

Find out below if you can gamble online on certain devices, such as your Mac or smartphone.

Can I play casino games on my smartphone?
  • Yes, many of the top online casinos have mobile-friendly sites
  • Some casinos even have their own dedicated apps for Android and Apple devices
  • If you find a site you like, check to see if it has a mobile app as this will be the easiest way to play on your phone
  • Platforms without apps usually have dynamic sites that adjust automatically to your mobile browser
What is the best app to play casino games on?
Can I play casino games on a Mac?

Gambling Support FAQs

Gambling addiction is a serious thing, so read on below to find out if you have a problem and how to combat it.

What do I do if I have a problem or complaint?

If you have any issues or problems when using a gambling platform, check to see what kind of customer support options the site offers.

Most sites will have live chat windows where you can get help or a number you can call. Some sites also have email addresses to contact with problems or complaints.

How do I know if I have a problem with gambling?
How can I get help if I have a gambling problem?