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Northwest Territories online sports betting laws

The Northwest Territories are vast – but the sports betting options here are small for those among the 45,000-strong population to enjoy. Despite the passage of bill C-218 in the summer of 2021, there are no licensed sites offering single-game wagers.

Is sports betting legal in the Northwest Territories?

Northwest Territories sports betting is legal, but sports fans who fancy a wager have few licensed options.

Is online sports betting legal in the Northwest Territories?

There are currently no licensed online sports betting options available to people in the Northwest Territories.

How old do I have to be to place a bet in the Northwest Territories?

You need to be at least 19 years old to enjoy any sort of gambling in the Northwest Territories.

Is sports betting legal in the Northwest Territories?

Northwest Territories sports betting has been legal for some time, but placing a bet with a licensed operator is not easy. All official betting activity in the territory is administered by the NWT and Nunavut Lotteries. This body offers a variety of opportunities under the Sport Select banner. Unfortunately, this is not available online in the Northwest Territories.

The only option is to travel in person to one of the retail outlets licensed to accept Sport Select wagers. The facility for single-game wagers, permitted under bill C-218 that was passed in the summer of 2021, has yet to reach the Northwest Territories. The only form of sports betting allowed is parlay bets ; you need to make at least three selections, and they all have to win for you to see a return.

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Daily Fantasy Sports in the Northwest Territories

Daily Fantasy Sports are completely legal in Canada. No law has ever been passed outlawing DFS in the country, and as a result the major providers of the games have operated there for some years. DraftKings and FanDuel have large numbers of fans in Northwest Territories who regularly take on the challenge of fantasy sports.

Top sports to bet on in the Northwest Territories

There are no professional sports outfits in the Northwest Territories – but there are plenty of enthusiasts among the small population who enjoy a wager on events elsewhere.


Hockey is beyond question the biggest sport here, as it is across Canada. Fans follow the NHL action closely and sides such as the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers generate plenty of support – and betting activity.

Responsible gambling in the Northwest Territories

The fact that there are so few options when it comes to licensed sports betting, allied to the small population, means there are few local resources available to people who may face problems with their gambling.

However, there are national organizations that offer guidance, advice and practical support:

Where can you bet in the Northwest Territories?

The only licensed option for Northwest Territories sports betting is to attend one of the many retail venues allowed to operate the Sport Select games administered by the local lottery organization. There is no such thing as licensed Northwest Territories online betting and no land-based casinos in the region either.

Single-game online sports betting in Canada

Our interactive map shows the status of betting in each Canadian province and territory. Betting is legal nationwide, but some provinces only allow parlay betting – bets made up of multiple selections, rather than a single one. Other provinces allow single-game online sports betting, as well as parlay betting.

Also note that many licensed offshore websites offer legal alternatives, and our map represents provincially regulated options only.

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