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Gambling and Gaming Laws in Canada

Part V of the Criminal Code / Sexual, Moral & Disorderly Conduct 

Illegal Gambling and Gaming Establishments

If you have been charged with a crime in Canada, you should consult with a criminal defence lawyer in your area

Gambling and Gaming - Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Legal Terms


The amount risked in a wager on any sporting event or game of chance that takes place in or out of Canada.

Disorderly house

A disorderly house is a common betting or gaming house.


Game of chance or a mixture of chance and skill are considered illegal lotteries unless no consideration is paid to enter, play or win a prize.

Indictable offence

Indictable offences are the most serious offences under the Criminal Code and they come with more serious punishments, up to a maximum penalty of life in prison.


The owner, occupier or manager of a place where betting occurs. It can also include anyone who assists or acts on behalf of an owner or occupier of a place, and those who appear to be acting on behalf of an owner or occupier of a place.

Summary conviction

Summary convictions are used for lesser offences with penalties, fines and short jail time. They reflect the majority of offences as defined in the Code.

Gambling and Gaming - Referenced Links