In recent years, Canada has expanded its gaming industry to increase provincial revenues.
The industry has developed with such abandonment that many critics feel the provincial and federal governments have neglected the attention because they are caught in the web of easy profits. While this may or may not be so, the gaming industry in Canada is essentially different from the US.
In 1969, the Canadian federal government legalized casino gambling; however, only provincial governments or non-profit organizations have been able to launch such institutions.
The casinos have been restricted to table games, but the federal government has recently included lottery terminals and video slots as legitimate gaming devices. Every province, in the broader federal law, governs how the game may operate in its jurisdiction.
Provincial governments regulate how many casinos there will be, if they will be permanent, and how they will be licensed.
Most of the casinos are located in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, but other provinces have jumped into the movement.
Casinos in British Columbia and Alberta are operated by private management companies that contract with non-profit organizations that pursue casino facilities to raise funds.
These charities apply for gaming licenses that limit their use of the two-day casino. Even under these conditions, casinos are usually open daily of the year. The exception to this is the Calgary Rush and the Edmonton Show every summer.
During the summer, a special ten-day casino permit is issued, which allows each city to operate between 170 and 200 gaming tables. In British Columbia in October 1994, government minister services announced that it would There would be no Las Vegas-style casino in British Columbia.
In addition, the government presents 5,000 video lottery terminals in entertainment facilities for adults only.
Alberta and British Columbia treat the distribution of gambling profits differently, however. In British Columbia, charities pay the casinos fees agreed upon for the use of the service; in Alberta, the provincial government receives 40 percent.
The province of Saskatchewan licenses non-profit organizations that help the agricultural industry, but these gaming equipment only operate on a part-time basis.
New Brunswick and several other provinces grant two-day licenses to non-profit organizations, but there is no permanent gaming equipment. The game must be conducted in private clubs.
The law can be changed, but that raises the question if the government can morally change the laws that advantageously affect casinos because they have an interest.