Sports betting was legalized in Ontario in 2021, offering players access to services via the provincial lottery and commercial venues.
In the past, Canada banned single-game wagering but changed legislation in 2021 to allow the option. The sports betting industry grows significantly with the change, giving players many more options for wagering.
There is also an increased risk of gambling addiction with expanded sports betting. In Ontario, the province offers self-exclusion programs so players can cut off access to services if an addiction or gambling problem arises.
Learning how to access this program is key to responsible gaming. Use our guide below to find more details on how self-exclusion works and what you need to do to sign up.
There are several ways to add your name to the self-exclusion list in the Ontario gambling market. The process varies based on how you wish to self-exclude.
Once you sign up, additional information is provided on additional resources within your community.
Once signed up, you are banned from gambling services. This includes sports betting.
You will not be able to access any gambling options until the selected time of self-exclusion is completed. Self-exclusion from online services keeps you from logging in to your account.
If you choose to self-exclude from a physical entity, then you will not be eligible to win any bets. You are also removed from marketing lists, so you will no longer receive promotions or incentives.
Once your name is removed from the self-exclusion list, you are free to enjoy gambling services once again, including sports betting.
You are automatically banned from casino gambling if you sign up for self-exclusion via the OLG hotline or a land-based facility.
This can be done via your account at OLG online. Click on the Visit Self-Exclusion of your account to start the process.
If you select casino self-exclusion, you can choose six months, one year, or an indefinite time period. If you choose to self-exclude via OLG.ca, then you can select six months, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 years.
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