Gambling laws, regulations and policies

Learn about laws, regulations, and policies governing gambling in British Columbia including those related to lotteries, gambling facilities, gambling industry workers and companies, and more.

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The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) regulates all gambling in British Columbia, ensures the integrity of gambling industry companies, people and equipment, and investigates allegations of wrongdoing.

This includes regulatory oversight of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) (which conducts and manages lotteries, casinos and commercial bingo halls), all gambling services providers and gambling workers, B.C.'s horse racing industry and licensed gambling events. GPEB also manages provincial responsible gambling programs. GPEB carries out its activities under the provincial Gaming Control Act and Gaming Control Regulations and Canada's Criminal Code.

The following document outlines the GPEB audit plan for the British Columbia Lottery Corporation's conduct and management of commercial gambling.

A list of laws and regulations governing gambling in B.C. is available below. This list should not be considered complete for legal purposes. Some regulations are not listed here, but are included in other sections of this website, for example regulations related to gambling event licence fundraising.



Public Interest Standards


General Policies:

Horse Racing Policies:

Enforcement Bulletins & Advisories

Technical Gaming Standards

Sanctions & Penalties