Most British Columbians who gamble do so for entertainment and participate responsibly, however, research shows that a small percentage of players may develop problems related to excessive gambling.
Problem gambling is treatable and help is available.
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The Province of British Columbia is committed to ensuring that gaming in B.C. is conducted and managed with integrity and that gaming events and products are offered in a socially responsible manner.
Most British Columbians who gamble do so for entertainment and participate responsibly. However, research shows that a small percentage of players (approximately 3.3 per cent) may develop problems related to excessive gambling.
In 2003, Government established its Responsible Gambling Strategy. This strategy promotes responsible gambling and effectively addresses problem gambling. Its main components are public awareness and education, treatment and prevention, research, training, evaluation and policy development. As part of this strategy, the Problem Gambling Program provides free counselling services to problem gamblers and others who may be affected by problem gambling behaviour.
Responsible Gambling Strategy
The strategy's goals are to:
- Create public awareness of risks associated with gambling;
- Deliver gambling in a manner that encourages responsible gambling and informed choice; and
- Provide treatment and support to those impacted by problem gambling.