Canada: Trudeau moves to legalize single-event betting on sports Kait Bolongaro and Sandra Mergulhao, Bloomberg · November 27, 2020 at 9:46 am Justice Minister David Lametti unveiled legislation to legalize single-event sports betting in Canada, marking a change in direction for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government. The planned changes would allow provinces to issue licenses for companies to accept wagers on all sporting events except horse racing, which will remain under a separate system. It is currently illegal to bet on single games under Canadian law. “The goal of the legislation is simple: it is to bring a common practice out of the shadows and into the open. To make it legal, regulated and safe,” Lametti told reporters Thursday in Ottawa. The governing Liberal Party voted against a similar bill in parliament in 2016. Canadians spend C$10 billion ($7.7 billion) per year on single-event betting through illegal bookies and a further C$4 billion on international betting websites, according to Lametti.