Major gaming milestones in Canada

Casinos and casino-style gaming

1969

Amendments to the Criminal Code legalize gaming activities throughout Canada, including lotteries and casinos

1975

Alberta’s first not-for-profit casino opens in Edmonton

1980

Alberta’s first permanent, privately operated charitable casino opens in Calgary

1985

Criminal Code amendment permits provincial governments to administer computer and video gaming devices such as VLTs and slot machines

1986

Manitoba’s first casino opens in Winnipeg

1990

In December, VLTs are launched in New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador

1991

In November, video lottery terminals (VLTs) are introduced in Manitoba
VLTs are tested in Alberta at summer fairs
VLTs are launched in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

1992

In Alberta, the VLT program is officially introduced

1993

A moratorium is placed on the expansion of the Manitoba VLT program
In October, Quebec opens its first casino, Casino de Montréal
VLTs launch in Saskatchewan

1994

Manitoba installs its first racetrack gaming machines
In May, Ontario opens its first casino in Windsor
In June, Quebec installs its first video lottery terminals in bars

1995

In December, Canada's first riverboat casino opens in Windsor, Ontario
Nova Scotia’s first casino opens in Halifax on June 1

1996

Slot machines are introduced into Alberta’s charitable casinos
Saskatchewan opens its first casino in January, and its first First Nations casino in February

1998

In December, Ontario’s first racetrack slot facility opens at Windsor Raceway

1999

Casino Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario’s first charity casino, opens
British Columbia opens its first community casino in May
In October, British Columbia opens its first destination casino
Canada’s Criminal Code is amended in March, legalizing craps and games with dice

2002

Manitoba’s first First Nations casino opens in February

2004

The British Columbia Lottery Corp. launches Internet gaming, ultimately including both lottery and casino games

2005

In August, Prince Edward Island opens its first racetrack casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park
In October, Loto-Quebec announces programs for the voluntary withdrawal of video lottery terminals

2006

Alberta opens its first First Nations casino

2007

In October, Quebec opens its first racetrack gaming center at Trois-Rivières

2008

In January, electronic Texas Hold’em poker makes its début at Québec’s casinos

2010

In May, New Brunswick opens its first casino
In December, Loto-Québec launches its online gaming site, Espacejeux.com

 

 

Lottery launches and major milestones

1969

In December, Loto-Québec becomes Canada’s first lottery corporation, and North America’s third lottery

1970

Loto-Québec holds its first draw lottery game drawing in March 
Lottery sales begin in Manitoba

1974

The Western Canada Lottery Foundation is formed with Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan
Lottery ticket sales begin in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Yukon

1975

Lottery sales begin in Alberta
In April, the Ontario Lottery Corp. launches its first lottery game

1976

In September, the Atlantic Lottery is formed by the governments of the four Atlantic provinces and its first game is launched

1978

Loto-Québec and the Atlantic provinces join the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation and a game called Provincial is sold from coast to coast

1982

The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation launches LOTTO 6/49, Canada’s first nationwide on-line terminal lottery game

1984

The British Columbia Lottery Corp. is created in October

1990

Sports betting is added to the Western Canada Lottery Corp. product line
In October, Loto-Quebec launches Mise-o-jeu, its first sports lottery
Atlantic Lottery retailers include breakopen tickets in their product line
In December, video lottery begins in New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador

1991

VLTs launch in Nova Scotia in May and in Prince Edward Island in August
Atlantic Lottery launches $2 instant Bingo, becoming the first lottery jurisdiction to successfully integrate the traditional bingo concept into an instant game

1992

In October, Ontario launches PRO·LINE, its first on-line terminal sports lottery

1993

In May, Loto-Bingo, the first instant lottery available regularly from Loto-Québec retailers, is offered to customers

1994

In September, Atlantic Lottery launches PRO•LINE in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

1996

In October, Newfoundland & Labrador begins offering PRO•LINE

1998

Nova Scotia introduces the Video Lottery Terminals Moratorium Act, limiting VLTs to 3,234

2000

In February, Loto-Québec launches a lottery played with the help of a CD-ROM, developed by its subsidiary Ingenio
Beginning February 1, the sale of lottery products to minors is prohibited in Quebec

2004

In August, the Atlantic Lottery Corp. launches PlaySphere, allowing players to purchase draw and sport games over the Internet
BCLC launches Play Now, its Internet gaming site

2005

LOTTO 6/49 reaches record $54 million jackpot following a series of big bonus jackpots
In August, Prince Edward Island opens its first racetrack casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre under the management of ALC

2009

Lotto Max, Canada’s biggest lottery, replaces Super 7
In November, Lotto Max offers the biggest prize pool in the history of Canadian lotteries

2010

Loto-Québec launches its online gaming site, Espacejeux.com

 

Last updated on April 17, 2011