The Canadian gaming industry generates significant benefits and activities across the broader national economy, totaling more than $31-billion in gross output and $14-billion in purchased goods and services. Legalized gaming, at $16-billion, has almost tripled since 1995.1
Gaming in Canada continues to:
- Be the largest segment of the Canadian entertainment industry;
- Be a pillar of the broader hospitality industry; and
- Raise significant non-tax revenues to fund key government and charitable programs and initiatives.
Gaming in Canada directly supports more than 128,000 full-time jobs (more than 283,000 jobs including indirect and induced impacts) and generates $8.7-billion annually to fund government and community programs and services.1
The size and scope of the industry have created a positive economic environment, where most of the goods and services needed to sustain operations are now produced and/or offered in Canada, and many Canadian companies export gaming related products and services internationally.
Preventing and reducing the harms associated with problem gambling is a mutually shared goal among all operators in the Canadian gaming industry, and one of the most effective ways to ensure players gamble responsibly is to help them make responsible choices.
The Canadian gaming industry’s commitment to social responsibility is rooted in the philosophy that information is power. Each province spends millions of dollars a year on initiatives that work to transfer that power to adults over the age of majority, so that even those who gamble casually have access to the resources they need to make responsible decisions.
Preventing minors from purchasing gambling products is a basic standard to which everyone in Canada’s gaming industry adheres. However, because the risks associated with underage gambling are so high, the industry takes their commitment to prevention further. A portion of each province’s annual investment in social responsibility goes toward education and awareness related to underage gambling.
Problem Gambling Investment
Even though the rates of problem gambling in Canada are stable and have not changed since the mid-to-late 1990s, and that more than 98% of Canadians are not problem gamblers, either because they gamble for fun and their gambling causes no negative impacts, or because they choose not to gamble at all, Canadian provinces currently spend more than $100 million annually on problem gaming treatment, research, awareness prevention initiatives, and responsible gaming programs.