Both houses of the Canadian Parliament have approved a bill to legalize betting on certain sporting events. Previously, in this country, the authorities allowed bettors to bet only on a few events, otherwise the players were prosecuted. In order for the document to become law and enter into force, only the procedure remains – obtaining Royal Assent, since Canada is a constitutional monarchy, and its head is the monarch of the British Commonwealth of Nations (now Queen Elizabeth II). Work on the legalization of sports betting on single events has been going on for more than a decade, and the bill passed by Parliament has received widespread support in Canada, representatives of the Canadian Gaming Association said. The organization noted that the adoption of this document was necessary to regulate the betting industry, supervise operators, protect players and create economic benefits for the country. Before the bill was passed, Canadians annually bet billions of dollars through offshore sites, said David Wells, a member of the Canadian upper house of parliament. But this money, the legislator emphasized, should remain in the country and be directed to the development of healthcare systems, education and other social areas. This is an important step by the Canadian authorities to return Canadian players from American casinos, from offshore sites with gambling entertainment and from illegal bookmakers, gambling industry experts noted. They noted that the draft law was supported by the Canadian Football League, the National Hockey League, representatives of equestrian and other sports. As NewsOfgambling reported, under the new gambling legislation in Norway, a state monopoly on gambling is enshrined. The authorities of Puerto Rico, as it became known earlier, are working on changes to the rules of gambling in the country in order to determine the amount of targeted deductions from betting activities. As a reminder, the new gambling law comes into force in Germany on July 1, 2021.