Many people find it difficult to understand the state of online poker in Canada, however, once you sift through all the available information the situation turns out not to be quite so complex.
At the federal level online poker is not illegal for Canadians regardless of what province or territory they live in. Canadians are allowed to play at a huge range of foreign-run online poker sites without having to worry about repercussions from the Canadian government. On the other hand, companies are not allowed to setup online gambling sites in Canada unless they’re in partnership with provincial governments.
However, provincial governments have realised that they are missing out on potential tax revenue by not giving Canadians the option to play at locally run sites.
As a result Canadian provinces began to regulate online gambling, this has proven popular in Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba and Ontario is expect to launch its first site this year.
At present almost every online poker site is open to Canadians, even in provinces where there are locally run sites, very few steps have been taken to prevent players from playing at foreign sites. Furthermore, it is even possible to play using Canadian dollars at some foreign sites.