Ministry of Finance - Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch

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 purposes.

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.

Responsible Gambling

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: 1-888-795-6111.

GPEB has released copies of the 2014 B.C. Problem Gambling Prevalence Study and the Plan for Public Health and Gambling, click the links below to view these new documents:

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