With support from Canada's provincial lottery and gaming corporations, the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) has once again urged the Senate of Canada to legalise single-event sports betting which it claims is fuelling organised crime and illegal offshore sportsbooks to the tune of more than CAD$38m every day.

Canadians are currently only permitted to make parlay bets, which allows players to bet on the outcome of three or more events.

A bill to amend Canada’s Criminal Code to allow for betting on a single sports event was introduced in 2011 by Joe Comartin MP and received cross-party approval in the House of Commons in March 2012, but has since stalled in the Senate in the face of opposition from North American sports leagues who argue that it will cause irreparable harm to their games.

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