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The best online sports betting sites for players in Canada

Betting sites vs. provincial lottery corporation sports games

So you’ve decided to move past the Canadian Lottery Sports Betting games: What should you watch out for?

It is beneficial to understand that most sportsbook review sites take a very cynical approach to what they publish.  Most of them have existing relationships with the betting sites that they are trying to promote to Canadians, even if they are in fact, not the best companies with which Canadians should bet.  For example, there is a very famous gaming brand that is popular around the world which offers sports betting, poker, casinos games and more.  While the company is a very good one, it is NOT a great place for Canadians to play for the simple reason that they do NOT offer Canadian Dollar accounts.  This despite a prominent 250 CAD bonus offer.

This brand has been all over television and has even enlisted very famous Canadian spokespeople to promote their brand.  Many other review sites promote this brand directly to Canadians.  But any Canadian that signs on with them will lose serious money to hidden currency exchange fees every time they deposit or withdraw their funds.

Quite simply, you need to know that your review site is looking out for YOU, not the sports betting brands.  In addition, you’ll note most review sites use a lot of cheap tricks in an effort to hype up a brand with a 5-star rating or some manner of letter grade.  The vast majority of sites that use this tactic only do so in an effort to provide credibility.  Are any of the sportsbooks ever rated below 4-stars or below 80% or a letter grade of ‘B’?  The answer is: very rarely.  At right, you can read how we’ve selected this small group of betting sites as those that are best for Canadians.

Canada Sports Betting Issues

Sports betting in Canada is an intriguing topic.  Since the early 1990s, provincial lottery corporations have offered sports wagering games that mandate parlay or combination bets where two or more selections must be made by the player.  Single game betting is still not available through these lottery games.  However, due to the ubiquitous nature of lottery retailers around the country, whether you are in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa or many of the great smaller cities and towns in Canada, the most obvious way to place a sporting wager has been at one of these lottery retailers.  To this day, a lot of Canadians do not know that the odds offered by these lottery corporations are significantly lower than those offered by online sportsbooks like those listed below.

Today, many reputable sports betting sites allow Canadians to have a superior wagering experience: Bet on single games in addition to parlays, enjoy much higher payouts through better odds, bet right from your computer or mobile device and fund your account and make withdrawals with numerous banking options like Interac e-transfers or other reputable bank debit services which suit your preference to play in Canadian dollars.

The purpose of this site is to help readers find the best betting sites so that Canadians that are interested in wagering on sports may decide which sites are right for them.  The situation for Canada online sports betting is changing. All sports betting sites are not the same, they approach their business in different ways.  They have different mobile betting platforms, different bonus offers, and accept different banking methods.  This site helps you to navigate through these issues to help you to pick the one that is best for your needs.  Understand that each site below passes through a serious review process of over 30 international sportsbooks.  The area below the list, and to the right of the list explains this process so you may understand the minimum threshold to be recommended by Canada Sports Betting.

High Limit Sports Betting from Canada

Most online sports betting companies cater to the average recreational bettor because this is the largest market segment.  However, an important market segment includes those that are high limit or high stakes bettors.  As a highly developed economy, it makes sense to examine the betting sites that can accommodate bettors in Canada that wish to wager larger sums of money on the games of most interest.  

Some online services are more able to accept high stakes wagers than others.  I examine the issue of high limit sports betting and indicate the services that can accommodate players that truly wish to test the limits of these sportsbooks.

Banking with your online sportsbooks from Canada

Key to your sports betting experience is the manner in which you’ll be able to deposit and withdraw funds from your betting account via your chosen banking options.  The wider market has developed many platforms but some of these are unavailable in Canada.

Your sportsbook needs to offer a platform that caters to you as a Canadian and how you intend to wager with the means at your disposal.  Are you a recreational bettor?  Are you a high stakes bettor?  Do they operate in Canadian Dollars?   How fast do you want your withdrawal to be processed?  Can you wait a few days?  I discuss which platforms cater to your specific needs and indicate all the options offered by each listed sportsbook.

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How the list of Canadian online sportsbooks was constructed

Most review sites just want to display as many logos and banners as possible that you might recognize from companies already promoted in Canada and then use these cheap tricks to validate your decision to move ahead and play.  Meanwhile, as above you could be duped into playing with a sportsbook that only offers accounts in the Euro or British pound.

Canada-Sports-Betting.ca is not interested in this approach.  I’ve researched over 30 international sports betting brands.  In that group there are some great ones, some good ones and some bad ones.   For the context of this site, I’m only concerned with those that are great for Canadians.  There are sites that are great for people in other markets because those markets are different from Canada.

Here’s the criteria that a sports betting site must meet in order to be included in my list:

Sites that are not listed on this site have likely fallen down with at least one of these points.  As such you may notice some big names or otherwise reputable brands missing from our list of recommended sites.  

I’m not here to list all 30+ sites that I’ve reviewed and tell you why you shouldn’t play with one site or another.  That is a waste of your time.  You don’t need to know which sites to avoid, you need to know the top sites that cater to Canadians through meeting and exceeding the criteria listed above.

I’m also not interested in some phoney ranking of a huge number of sites.  Would you logically sign up with site number 26?  That would make no sense, hence I keep my very short and list the sites in alphabetical order.  I have no preference, they are all companies that I consider to be the best of the best for Canadian betting purposes.

Ontario Sports Betting is Changing in 2022

Note that if you are visiting us from somewhere in Ontario, know that the situation will be different for you from Q1 2022 onward as there will be a new sports betting framework in place by the province to allow for fully legal Ontario betting sites that are locally licensed, tested and remit taxes back to the province.

Read more about sports betting laws in Canada and how we compare to other nations.