Over the past twenty years, the landscape of gambling across Canada has changed and matured considerably. The concept of “responsible gambling” has taken a firm hold throughout the industry. It is better understood, and commonly advocated, as a way to find the right balance between entertainment, revenue, and the socially responsible offering of a product that—when not used appropriately—carries some risk of harm. The Partnership and each of its members have been proud to be a part of that evolution in Canadian gaming. An evolution of partnership, sharing, joint commitment, and action. An evolution that has positioned Canada among the leaders internationally for research, programs, and practices that promote responsible gambling, and in so doing reduce the risk of problem gambling.
As part of its ongoing commitment, the CPRG is pleased to introduce the expanded Digest, an easily-accessible and searchable report (download the 'How-to Guide') that assembles and summarizes a) accurate statistics about regulated gaming activities across Canada, 2) legislation and its associated regulations and policies, and 3) community initiatives with an emphasis on responsible gambling programs and practices. The purpose of The Digest is to provide a single, consolidated source of factual information about gambling and responsible gambling in Canada that continues to be open and transparent.
While considerable effort is made to ensure that the data and information in a given card are comparable across provinces, this is not always possible due to differences in record keeping and other factors. Unless stated otherwise, all data and/or text in each version of The Digest pertain to a fiscal year covering April 1 through March 31. Revenues have been rounded off to the nearest thousand.
Information in The Digest is obtained from annual reports, previous Digests, other publicly available documents, websites, and through extensive direct contact with gaming providers, regulators, and other individuals from various organizations and government departments. Data and/or text that is unavailable at the time of publish are denoted through the report as 'unavailable.' Further information about the text and data, if available, may be found by hovering over underlined data or by utilizing hyperlinks. Finally, explanatory information such as definitions can be found by hovering over sub-sections, titles, and/or row headings.