Ontario Sports Betting
ON Online Sportsbooks & Legalization Information
Updated October 01, 2023
Ontario was the first Canadian province to legalize online sports betting, which makes sense since it's the country's most populated area. Mobile sports betting launched in Ontario in April 2022 with about two dozen sportsbooks becoming live in the province. Home to both the most populated city in the country in Toronto (also the capital of the province) and the capital of the country in Ottawa, Ontario residents and visitors are finally able to place bets on sports as the seasons continue to shuffle in and out of play.
How to Bet in Ontario: Legal Sportbooks & Betting Options
Sportsbooks Available in Ontario
Here's a full list of operators that joined Canada's largest market:
Run by MGM Resorts International, BetMGM Sportsbook is an attractive option for Canadian bettors with regular in-app promotions, quick payout speeds, and a large variety of sports markets for users to place wagers. The easy-to-use mobile and desktop platforms are great for both new and veteran bettors alike.
PointsBet is relatively new to the sports betting scene. Launched in 2019, PointsBet has rapidly become a top option for sports bettors due to its abundance of available sports markets and sleek design. In addition, PointsBet boasts simple and secure cashiering options that put a bettor's mind at ease.
Bet99 Sportsbook launched in Ontario in October 2022. Bet99 is a new presence in the Ontario sports betting scene, but it's already making waves as one of the best online sportsbooks in the country.
Unibet is another popular sportsbook throughout Europe that will be made available to Ontario bettors to enjoy. Much of the success of Unibet sportsbook can be chalked up to a simple and reliable user interface. While other sportsbooks can be a bit overwhelming at times, Unibet makes it easy for users to find and place bets with little difficulty.
theScore Bet sportsbook is headquartered in Toronto, making it a natural option for Canadian sports bettors. theScore Bet has successfully leveraged its sports news and scores app platform to create a truly state-of-the-art sports betting experience.
888 brings traditional sportsbook features combined with other innovative options for Canadian sports bettors. 888 sportsbook offers popular features such as live betting and combines with video streaming options for users to follow their wagers in real-time. In addition, the early cash-out feature is a great way for users to guarantee payouts when their team's are performing well.
Ontario's Legalization Timeline for Betting
- Ontario's online sports betting market launches, with two dozen online and casino sportsbooks entering Canada's largest market.
- 888 secures an iGaming license in Ontario ahead of April's new online gaming market launch in hopes of also launching on April 4.
- Unibet joins Ontario's growing list of sportsbook operators ahead of their April launch.
- Canadian-based NorthStar Bets Sportsbook will join as another operator in Ontario.
- iGaming Ontario announces that Ontario will launch online sports betting on April 4, 2022.
- Rivalry Limited and CrossBet join the fold as book operators that will launch on or after April 4.
- There is a public announcement by the AGCO indicating that any registered operator under contract with iGaming Ontario may start offering their product to Ontario residents.
- theScore Bet, which was acquired by Penn National Gaming, announces it's obtained a GLI-33 certification for online and mobile sports betting in the province, with plans to go live in 2022.
- Rush Street Interactive announces plans to join the Ontario marketplace and are set to launch their online sportsbook and casino platform within the next few months.
- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) opens the digital sports betting platform Proline, allowing users to place single-game wagers on their mobile or desktop devices.
- Senate passes Bill C-218, which will allow Canadian sportsbooks to apply for licenses that will let sports bettors place single-game wagers. Only parlays, or multiple game outcomes, had been legal in Canada, so Canadians have had to use European sportsbooks.
- The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (ACGO) establishes iGaming Ontario, which will oversee all iGaming in the province. The definition of iGaming is any bet placed on the internet.
DFS is not available in Ontario
Due to recent debate over Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), FanDuel and DraftKings are no longer operating in Ontario's DFS market starting since last Apriil
Both sportsbook giants were the only two DFS operators in the province. This decision comes after their inclusion in the gambling bill C-218, citing that DFS is a skill or game of chance, which has divided lawmakers in other U.S. states. Additionally, this bill regulated Ontario residents to only play provincially and contained a hefty licensing fee and revenue share that operators would have to owe the province.
How to Start Betting in Ontario
Ontario residents will finally have access to a dozen or more sportsbooks on or after their April 4th online sports betting market launch. This market launch is set to be the most significant debut in Canada's sports betting history.
Select a sportsbook
Ontario residents have over two dozen sportsbooks to choose from. Bettors will also be able to place their wagers in person at any participating casino location or online in Ontario.
- Most sites or apps will have a “Join” or "Sign Up" button on their home page.
- Enter your personal information such as your name, address, DOB, email, and phone number.
- Create a strong password and a create a couple of security questions depending on the sportsbooks' requirements.
Funding an account can be done in a matter of minutes. Expect most sportsbooks to accept several payment methods. Here's an example of fees (if any), processing time, and the minimum deposit per payment method.
|Method||Fee||Processing Time||Minimum Deposit|
Choose your bet types
With a bevy of sportsbooks joining the Ontario market, upcoming and available sportsbooks will offer a variety of bet types from single to multi-game sports betting.
- Point Spreads. Spread betting is a bet on the margin of victory in a game. Point Spreads
- Moneylines. Moneyline betting is when you pick the winner of the game or event. Moneylines
- Totals. A total, also known as an over/under, is a bet on the number of points both teams will combine to score in a game. Totals
- Player Props. A prop bet, short for a proposition, wager that is not directly tied to the final score or outcome. Props Bets
Ontario Sports Betting Tips
Sports Betting Tips for Beginners
If you’re new to sports betting, you likely have questions: How much money should you be betting? Where should you be betting on the Raptors' win totals? How do you find the best odds for a Blue Jays game? Every sport and bet type comes with different considerations.
Here are our top sports betting tips for beginners to help you make smarter decisions with any action.
Sports Betting Glossary to Learn the Fundamentals
Sports betting comes with its own language and terminology — spreads and money lines, over/unders and props, juice and vig, and so much more. It can be intimidating for newer betting sports fans, so be sure to consult our sports betting glossary for detailed definitions of all the main terms.
We recommend each of the online sportsbooks to help define these terms within their product to make everything easier for you to understand, too.
Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid in Ontario
Whether you’re betting on the Bills game totals or Maple Leafs futures, sports betting isn't easy. It’s important to stay disciplined and not overextend yourself. There will always be ups and downs, but your sports betting experience will be much more enjoyable if you remain true to our critical mistakes to avoid.
Ontario Teams to Bet On
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and Amazon Web Services have partnered up to enhance sports betting in Ontario. The professional teams in this deal include the Maple Leafs, Raptors, Toronto FC and the Argonauts. AWS will provide cloud-based services in hopes of digitally revolutionizing fan engagement in Canada's largest market.
NFL Betting in Ontario
There are no NFL teams in Canada, but Buffalo is just a two-hour drive away from Toronto. Buffalo would likely be their first stop if Ontario NFL fans wanted to attend a live NFL game.
The Bills are the only NFL team that play their home games in New York, as both, the Jets and Giants play in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bills franchise has been around since 1960, starting in the American Football League before the AFL and NFL merger in 1970. Buffalo owns two AFL championships (1964,1965) and has made the NFL playoffs 16 times, including four Super Bowl appearances.
They are led by superstar quarterback Josh Allen, who recently signed a lucrative six-year, $258M contract extension that will keep the team through at least the 2025-26 season.
Recommended resources to help you bet on football:
- How to Bet on Football Guide
- Check our Expert NFL Picks
- Keep an eye on betting activity and bet/money distribution with our NFL Public Betting data
NBA Betting in Ontario
The Raptors joined the NBA in 1995 and have won seven division titles in that span. They won their first ever NBA Championship in 2019 when they defeated the Golden State Warriors in six games. Team President Masai Ujiri shocked the NBA world earlier that preseason by going all-in on a trade that brought superstar Kawhi Leonard to Toronto in exchange for DeMar DeRozan and Danny Green.
A recommended resource to help you bet on basketball:
MLB Betting in Ontario
Toronto Blue Jays
Since becoming a Major League Baseball franchise in 1977, the Blue Jays have won six division titles and two World Series championships in their history, both coming in back-to-back years (1992,1993).
Now led by young guns Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, the Blue Jays are an up-and-coming powerhouse in the AL East. Toronto also signed star outfielder George Springer to a six-year, $150M contract recently, ensuring they'll be American League East contenders for the next half-decade or so at the very least.
When you play in the same division as the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees — two of the richest teams in baseball — you certainly cannot be afraid to make moves. Team president Mark Shapiro and General Manager Ross Atkins have put this team in a position for continued success.
Recommended resource to help you bet on baseball:
NHL Betting in Ontario
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs have been around since the NHL’s inception, joining the league in 1917. They were one of the “Original Six” franchises, joining the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks. Toronto has 13 Stanley Cup wins in its history, but none since the 1966-67 season.
The other professional NHL team in Ontario is the Ottawa Senators, who have been in the NHL since 1990 and are still searching for that elusive first Stanley Cup victory. They made the finals in 2006 but fell to the Anaheim Ducks in five games.
A recommended resource to help you bet on hockey:
MLS Betting in Ontario
Toronto FC competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home matches at BMO Field, located at Exhibition Place on Toronto's shoreline. Toronto FC joined MLS in 2007 as an expansion team and was the first Canadian-based franchise in the league.
Recommended resource to help you bet with insight on soccer:
CFL Betting in Ontario
The Toronto Argonauts have been the kings of the CFL for years now, having won the Grey Cup a record 17 times and appearing in the finals 23 times. But the Argos have hit a bit of a wall as of late, with their most recent championship coming in 2017. That isn't too far back, but this team has higher standards than most. Led by quarterbacks McLeod Bethel-Thompson and Nick Arbuckle, The Boat Men look to return to their former glory.
The pride of Hamilton used to be a top-tier team in the CFL from the 50s to 70s, winning six championships from 1953-1972. Add in Grey Cups in 1986 and 1999, and the Tiger-Cats have certainly been a successful franchise at times. But the 2000s were tough on the Ticats, including 2003 when they lost a record of 17 games in one season. The team has regained some traction in the league since, making the playoffs eight times and the finals four times during the 2010s.
The third team to represent Ottawa in the CFL, the Redblacks get their start in 2010 and already managed to capture a league title in 2016. The Redblacks had a number of pass throwers this past season, but mainly saw Caleb Evans under center. The team went 3-11 and sat in last place in the East Division, which eventually led to the firing of GM Marcel Desjardins.
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