Editorial Guidelines on PlayCanada

Visitors to PlayCanada, whether new or seasoned, may wonder about the reliability of our information. It’s true, there are many gambling news sites out here, existing on the web, and it can be hard to tell the good from the not-so-good. We want you to understand the procedures we use to ensure the information on PlayCanada is newsworthy and accurate.

We pledge that our content will always be informative, error-free, and written by experts that know the lay of the land.

Our commitment to ethics and the law

PlayCanada, like other Catena sites, is committed to reporting accurately and fairly. For the most part, that means avoiding offering our opinions about the issues facing legal gambling in Canada. Instead, we focus on fair coverage of sports betting, casino gambling, and poker from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland.

Above all, PlayCanada encourages readers to abide by the laws in their regions. If there is even a chance an activity might be illegal, even just legally dubious, we believe in choosing to walk away. Every casino site, land-based casino, sportsbook, and racetrack we cover is a regulated, licensed and legal entity in its resident jurisdiction. And we explain regional laws and regulations in detail to help you on the right side of applicable laws.

As a Catena Media site, PlayCanada will be under license in any jurisdiction where we operate. Licensing underscores our commitment to only provide you with information on legal and regulated sites.

Unequivocally: We do not support offshore gambling.

Our editorial team

PlayCanada contributors are experts in their fields. Many have worked for casinos, sportsbooks, or other gambling organizations, while others have experience covering the industry for various news outlets. Most are players in our own right, and we count winning sports bettors, handicappers, and poker players within our ranks.

You can view our team here.

Information sourcing

Our knowledge and experience allow us to tap top-notch sources for information. In many cases, our news and information flow directly from the mouths of primary sources. If we cover a proposed law, we try to speak with those leading the charge. If we report statistics, our information often comes from the regulator.

What we will not do (ever) is trust hearsay or dubious sources. Even if we hear rumours about an event, we won’t publish unless we can confirm independently of the source. PlayCanada is not in the business of publishing gossip, and we do not see value in sensationalizing our reporting.

Our editorial process

Simply writing down information from primary sources is not enough, however. Every word published undergoes rigorous editorial scrutiny. We employ copy editors to review our materials for factual and grammatical accuracy.

In addition, each article on PlayCanada receives an independent review from our site runner, Robyn McNeil. Robyn has years of experience as a journalist and editor, which she uses to spot anything missed. In some cases, she suggests revisions to keep our content clear and concise.

We will always credit the originating source for anything included in our reporting. We do not publish user-generated content or accept submissions.

Fact checking

Our writers, editors, experts, observers, search engine professionals, and content managers read everything we publish. Any facts are subject to review and examination at multiple points.

The Canadian gambling industry is evolving fast. For that reason, much of our informational and review page content gets reviewed regularly.

We even have a quality assurance professional to provide the final check on the nuts and bolts of our publications.

Ad placement

Thank you for your desire to advertise on PlayCanada. Unfortunately, we do not offer advertising contracts or accept ad contract offers from external sources.

When errors happen

Like anything else that moves through human hands, mistakes happen. Errors can make it into our reporting from time to time. As much as it pains us to admit it, perfection is impossible but always the goal.

If you encounter an error or inaccuracy in one of our articles, we ask that you let us know to review and make corrections.

How we make money and conflicts of interest

Play Canada is a licensed affiliate site through Catena Media. Our advertising and fees allow us to offer readers like you the latest information on the Canadian gambling industry. Catena holds licenses to operate in many regions, anywhere doing so is appropriate or required. You can find those licensing details here .

While we may promote some sites more than others, there is nothing we report or say that is not factual. Equally important, our news reporting is independent of partner considerations. No topic and no company is out-of-bounds.

Feedback and suggestions

If something in one of our news stories or reviews contradicts your experience, we want to hear from you. And, if a deal we promoted turns out to be inaccurate, we want to know about it as soon as possible. If you had a positive experience, we hope you’ll share that too.

You can email us at [email protected] to share any feedback or suggestions.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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