A person is gambling whenever he or she takes the chance of losing money or belongings, and when winning or losing is decided mostly by chance. Gambling in Canada has grown at an unprecedented rate over the last decade and is an increasingly popular recreational activity.
While gambling was once illegal, or viewed as a disreputable activity, social norms have shifted. Gambling is now a multi-billion dollar industry in Canada, and its growth is likely to continue. Surveys indicate that the general population favours funding charities, health care and other important initiatives through the funds raised from gambling.
While some may consider gambling only to be associated with casinos and racetracks, there are countless activities that are considered gambling.
There are many different ways to gamble, including:
Casino games (for example, Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Sic Bo, Pai Gow Tiles, Caribbean Stud, Three Card Poker, Casino War, Baccarat, Spanish 21, Pai Gow Poker)
Betting on horse racing
Other sports betting
Scratch, Nevada or pull-tab tickets
Betting on card games, mah-jong or dominoes
Betting on games of skill, such as golf or pool
Tombola and similar games
High-risk speculative investing, such as day-trading and penny stocks.
There are different reasons why people choose to gamble. Individuals may be gambling to win money, to socialize, for excitement or to pass time.
For some people, gambling may become a serious problem that affects all aspects of their lives. As gambling becomes more accessible, the number of people affected by problem gambling also increases.
Are you wondering whether you, or someone you know, has a problem with gambling? Fill out this quiz and find out!
View a short introductory video to learn more about the Self-Help Gambling Tools.
Answering these nine questions will help you understand if gambling is having a negative impact on your life.
Monitor Your Gambling & Urges
Use this tool to keep track of when you gamble, or feel the urge to gamble. Mobile App also available.
Self-Help for Those who Gamble
Do you gamble? These interactive tools will help you explore, cut down or stop gambling.
Self-Help for Family and Friends
Does someone you care about gamble too much? With these interactive excercises, learn why they gamble and what you can do to help.