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Online Gaming in Québec
On 1 December 2010, Loto-Québec opened registration on its first online gaming site, Espacejeux. Only residents of Québec may register and play on the site, which offers poker, a full suite of online casino games and limited sports betting.
In February 2011, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation's online gaming site, PlayNow.com, and Québec's Espacejeux joined the Canadian Poker Network, allowing residents of the two provinces to play poker against each other. The Canadian Poker Network, established in December 2010, uses software developed by GTECH G2. The network is designed to handle over 10,000 concurrent players.
In March 2015, the province announced plans to propose new legislation that would compel internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to a list of unlicensed gambling sites drawn up by Loto-Québec. Strong opposition from consumer and internet advocacy groups prevented any such legislation moving forward in 2015.
In May 2016, the Québec National Assembly passed it as part of a budget implementation bill. The legislation is facing challenges from both inside and outside the gaming sector, especially from the telecommunications industry.
The Québec Superior Court declared it unconstitutional in summer 2018, but the Québec government appealed the decision.
In July 2018, the Québec Superior Court upheld it’s ruling against Bill 74, which mandates ISP blocking for unlicensed iGaming sites that compete with Loto-Québec.
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Québec Online Gaming News
Flutter to create coalition to promote regulation and responsible gaming in Québec
30 May 2023
Flutter joined forces with online gaming industry leaders to launch the Quebec Online Gaming Coalition, an industry-led organization committed to developing a new regulatory framework for the online gaming industry.
This Week in Gambling: Canadian online gambling ban fails
13 September 2016
This week in gambling, the Canadian Province of Quebec attempted to ban online gambling, but the federal government stepped in to save the day. Plus, the NFL sports betting season just kicked off, and Sheldon Adelson has a new enemy in the industry.
Quebec to block unlicensed gambling sites
30 March 2015
Quebec will introduce provincial legislation that will force ISPs to block unlicensed online gambling sites.
BCLC PlayNow.com joins Loto-Quebec on Canadian Poker Network
21 February 2011
Poker players in British Columbia and Quebec will now play together on the first regulated poker network in North America.
Top-10 quotes from GiGSE
17 May 2010
After a two-year hiatus, the Global iGaming Summit and Expo returned to Montreal last week, with conference speakers focusing on the future of the Internet gambling industry in North America. Casino City's editorial team has compiled the top-10 moments from the conference.
Québec Online Gaming Legal and Regulatory Documents
UB/AP liquidation press release
28 October 2011
A press release from Blanca Games on a possible proposal to liquidate Blanca’s assets and distribute proceeds to unpaid players.
August's Top Québec Sites
Loto Quebec - Espace Jeux
Québec Online Gaming Agencies
Société des loteries video du Québec
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