The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is launching an online gambling site early in 2015 and more than 17,000 people will be taking part in a preview of the system in the weeks before it’s widely available.
The internet gambling site features interactive, casino-style games including slots and table games such as blackjack, baccarat, poker and roulette.
It also features the sale of lottery tickets.
OLG says the site will include what are being described as a number of safeguards, including a time limit on casino play and a limit on casino losses.
The province estimates that about 500,000 people now spend about $500 million per year on gambling sites outside of Ontario.
Ontario is now poised to join British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Quebec as the other provinces that have online gambling sites.
For an interactive chart of 2012-13 gambling revenue and other stats by province, click here. (Data courtesy of the Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling.)