BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program

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The Province’s Responsible Gambling Strategy exists to help reduce or prevent the harmful impacts of excessive or uncontrolled gambling. The mandate of the Strategy includes providing free support and treatment services and promoting responsible gambling practices through education and policy development.

The BC Responsible Gambling Strategy involves the Province, through the Gaming Policy & Enforcement Branch and the BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program, and the BC Lottery Corporation. Click on the links below to view the Province’s Responsible Gambling Strategy Three Year Plans.

The three key elements to the Province of British Columbia’s Responsible and Problem Gambling Program are outlined below.

Goals of the Responsible Gambling Strategy

1:  Reduce the incidence of problem gambling by:

  • Creating greater awareness of problem gambling issues, services, and risk management strategies; and
  • Encouraging gamblers to know the risks, their limits and to play within their means.

2:  Reduce harmful impacts of excessive gambling by:

  • Providing effective and efficient assistance to individuals experiencing problems with gambling; and
  • Reducing the consequences of problems related to gambling. For example, this includes support to impacted families.

3:  Ensure the delivery of gambling in a manner that encourages responsible gambling and healthy choices by:

  • Informing government and the industry on issues related to problem gambling and responsible gambling;
  • Implementing new policies and practices to reduce the harm related to excessive gambling. (For example, communication material focused on this problem);
  • Improving the knowledge and ability of the gambling industry to deal with gambling problems and provide responsible gambling opportunities, through training; and
  • Promoting customer service and programs designed to encourage healthy choices and responsible play.

Key Principles & Values of the BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program:

  • Adults have the right to make their own choice with respect to gambling, and are able to assume responsibility for their choices;
  • Prevention messages respond to the interest, issues and communication needs of a range of targets (by age, gender, culture, workplace etc.);
  • Effective prevention programs, policies and initiatives are meaningful to the target populations for which they are designated;
  • Prevention is continually enforced through all life stages; and
  • Prevention and treatment strategies are mutually enhancing.