Sports betting is changing in Canada and the last 12 months or so has seen new legislation and licenses needed in Ontario, which could pave the way for more provinces to follow suit. As it stands, Nova Scotia remains largely unchanged despite campaigns and speculation that things are due a revamp. In this article we will walk you through some of the most common questions asked by Nova Scotian players with regards to legalities in their province.
Is Sports Betting legal in Nova Scotia?
It is legal to bet on sports in Nova Scotia!
The Atlantic Lottery Corporation provide sports betting through ProLine, a familiar Canadian product. It is the competitiveness of the sportsbooks, however, that make ProLine less attractive as they compete with various bonuses for Canadian players and, for the most part, better odds.
Legal Online Betting Options in Nova Scotia
Some of the best sportsbooks in the country are available in Nova Scotia and should be considered dependent on your style of betting. Players that like pre-match wagers may find some of the best odds at sportsbooks like Canadian favorites, Sports Interaction or Betway. However, if you are a live or in-play player, then you may opt for a speedy and intuitive app like 888Sport. Ultimately, sportsbooks are a product of preference and all of the sportsbooks we advertise on our site have licenses to serve the Nova Scotian players.
Are Sports Betting Apps Legal in Nova Scotia?
There is nothing to stop you downloading an app of one of the licensed sportsbooks in Nova Scotia. Most sportsbooks will have very good mobile responsive sites anyway but sometimes on the apps you will have a cleaner experience without having to login each time. In the times of Face ID and fingerprints, apps are the way to go just purely from a user perspective and being able to access bets quickly.
Does Nova Scotia Tax Sports Betting?
No. If you are a recreational gambler then you will never be taxed on your winnings in Nova Scotia. There is a stipulation that active players should be aged 19 or over to play with sportsbooks and although you will be required to give personal information on signing up, you will not be taxed. If you become exceptionally good at betting on sports and you are a sports bettor as a primary source of income Canada does reserve the right to tax you on winnings. The loophole that allows taxes on sports betting is that you are a ‘professional gambler’ and you gamble for a living, by which you will become taxable.
Is Single Game Betting Available in Nova Scotia?
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises in Nova Scotia is the decision to yet implement single game betting as was ruled available in Canada from August 2021. Single-game betting is not yet legal for Nova Scotians which has sparked multiple campaigns to move the model sooner rather than later as the rest of Canada enjoys singles. No doubt, it will be available at some point in Nova Scotia, but the reluctance to adopt it from the outset could show intent to create a province only legislation like Ontario.
Can I Bet with Bitcoin in Nova Scotia?
Certainly yes. More and more sportsbooks are offering bitcoin as a means of depositing into players accounts. We have reviewed a number of sportsbooks that do allow bitcoin for account funding but it is by no means a guaranteed that all sportsbooks have the functionality. If you would like to know more about sportsbooks depositing and payment methods you should check out our sportsbook reviews or betting guide.
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