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Private online gaming operators will create 1,300 new jobs in Ontario

New report from PlayCanada offers evidence that worries about job losses at land-based casinos are overblown

VANCOUVER, BC, March 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nearly 1,300 jobs will be added in Ontario following the impending launch of private online gambling operators, according to a recently released report by PlayCanada, which tracks Canada’s nascent gambling market. The Play Canada report, which can be found hereoffers strong evidence that online gambling does not cannibalize land-based casino jobs.

“We discovered by looking globally that online cannibalization is largely a myth, often propagated by brick-and-mortar casino operators understandably concerned that online gaming will eat away at their profits,” said Robyn McNeil, editor of and co-author of the report. “The truth is that online casinos and sportsbooks often act as a tide that lifts all boats, expanding the market for the benefit of all industry players.”

To supplement the report, has compiled data and other information from industry insiders, hiring professionals and economic experts. It includes a detailed search of job listings in comparable jurisdictions.

Ontario expected to be the first province to welcome private online gaming operators when sports betting and online casinos launch on April 4. Other provinces should follow suit.

In addition to expected jobs, PlayCanada’s research team also explored:

What PlayCanada has found is that not only will online gaming create 1,295 jobs, about half of the approximately 2,600 jobs that Canada with the nationwide expansion of online gaming, many are expected to be high-quality jobs with above-average pay.

“Land-based casino operators will have to adapt, but the introduction of private online gaming operators should be a net benefit for Ontario and beyond,” said Dustin Gouker, which oversees the network of Play sites that includes “Ultimately, the benefits of private and regulated online gambling operators to the economy will be tangible.”

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About PlayCanada:
Part of the Play Network, is a leading source for news, analysis and research related to the regulated online gaming market in Canada. PlayCanada produces daily original reports, publishes in-depth research and offers player advocacy tools related to the advancement of safe, licensed and legal online gambling options for consumers. Situated at Vegasthe Play Network is independently owned and operated, with no affiliation with any casino – commercial, tribal, online or otherwise.

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