For Canadian residents, the legal gambling age in Canada is almost always set at 18 or 19, just like in Europe. It is important to know about the legal age for gambling if you live in Canada and are interested in either visiting a casino or playing in an online casino, as they are essentially the same thing with the same age restrictions.

Legal AgeIn Nova Scotia, those who are 18 or under are not allowed to engage in any type of gambling activity. Canadians that are under 18 are not permitted to go inside any gambling establishments and will be penalized when caught. In Ontario, the minimum age for gambling is also 19. Anyone who is 18 years or younger may not participate in any type of gambling activity, in casinos or otherwise.

Ontario law states that underage individuals may not be seen inside casinos, even if they are accompanied by an adult. Minors are not allowed to work in these types of establishments either, unless they are 18 years or older. Ontario laws also specify that it is unlawful to create casino or gambling advertisements that are aimed at anyone under the age of 19.

Those who are under the age of 19 but want to gamble online will find that they can do so purely for fun and not for money. It is illegal for under-aged people to gamble in casinos or even online using real money.

Minimum legal gambling age in Canadian provinces


Province Minimum legal gambling age
Alberta 18
British Columbia 19
Labrador 19
Manitoba 18
New Brunswick 19
Newfoundland 19
Northwest Territories 19
Nova Scotia 19
Ontario 19
Prince Edward Island 19
Quebec 18
Saskatchewan 19
Yukon 19

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Playing online for fun and not with real money can also be very enjoyable for those who are under the age of 19, as it provides them with the gambling experience they want without having to risk losing any money. There are many different online casino games to choose from on these websites, offering any game that is available in a real casino and much more. Anyone who gambles online with real money and is not at least 19 years of age (or 18 where applicable) runs the risk of being penalized according to the laws within their city or province. All online casinos offer their games for free, which is a perfect solution for minors who want to play them but cannot use real money.