05/06/2016 03:22 EDT | Updated 05/06/2016 03:59 EDT

Alex Trebek: Canadians May Soon Be Able To Apply To Jeopardy Again

Trebek was in Ottawa to receive the key to the city.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: Alex Trebek speaks during a rehearsal before a taping of Jeopardy! Power Players Week at DAR Constitution Hall on April 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

OTTAWA — Game show host Alex Trebek says it looks as if Canadians will soon be able to apply to compete on Jeopardy again.

Trebek, who has presided over the quiz show for more than 30 years, is in Ottawa to receive the key to the city and met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau briefly.

The prime minister has praised Trebek's financial contributions to the University of Ottawa.

The two also discussed a return of Canadians to Trebek's popular show.

'Everyone blames us'

Changes in Canada's digital privacy laws last year caused problems over Internet applications, but Trebek says they are being ironed out.

Trudeau suggested the host had worked out a fix for the problem.

"I'm sure you've been grilled on that," Trudeau said.

"Well yes, because everyone blames us and I keep turning it around and saying ...."

Trudeau interrupted: "You're blaming me instead."

"Well not quite," Trebek said, adding that he has been told a solution is in the works.

Trebek honoured for 'philanthropy and activism'

The show's website says it cannot accept registration information from Canadians but "we are currently evaluating this matter."

Trebek was born in Sudbury, but attended university in Ottawa.

Early in his career, he hosted a number of CBC television programs, including the high school quiz show Reach for the Top.

He moved to the United States in the 1970s and became an American citizen in 1998.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, who presented the key to the city to Trebek, said he was being honoured for his "philanthropy and activism, his unrelenting commitment to higher education and his steadfast loyalty to his alma mater, the University of Ottawa."

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