Gaming Activities in B.C.
British Columbians may choose to participate in a broad range of gaming
activities, such as major lotteries, horse racing, slot
machines and table games in casinos, and local licensed gaming events
such as 50/50 draws.
The ministry's Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch regulates all
gaming in British Columbia, including the operations of the
British Columbia Lottery
Corporation, which conducts and manages commercial gaming in the province.
Grants and Licences
Gaming revenues benefit people and communities province-wide through
gaming grants and other disbursements by
government. Your community organization may also apply to the Branch for
a gaming licence to earn revenue for eligible
Legislation and Policies
All gaming in B.C. is subject to federal and provincial
legislation and policies,
which provide penalties for non-compliance. The Province
also seeks out and prosecutes operators of illegal gambling events.
Most British Columbians who gamble do so for entertainment and participate responsibly.
However, a small percentage (approximately 4.6 per cent) develop problems
related to excessive gambling.
Through its Responsible Gambling Strategy, the Province encourages British
Columbians who choose to gamble to do so for pleasure and in moderation.
If you or someone you care about has a problem with gambling, please tell
them about the Province's Problem Gambling Program. Free counseling is available
by calling toll-free: