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1 March 2023
(March 1, 2023)
With the recent increase in marketing and availability of online gambling in Ontario, opportunities for gambling are more accessible than ever.
While gambling is a recreational activity for most, it can also develop into a problem for some.
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, an annual event to increase public awareness of problem gambling and related prevention, treatment and recovery services. Given the increasing prevalence and access to gambling in recent months – particularly sports betting – it’s important to understand when this activity can turn from recreational to problematic, and to take steps to minimize potential harms.
Did you know:
To help Canadians make informed decisions about gambling, The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) offers lower-risk gambling guidelines, which advise to:
CCSA also has a risk assessment tool that individuals can use to see if they gamble within these guidelines. For more information on gambling, including risk factors, strategies to engage in responsible gambling, and how to get help and resources, visit ontario.cmha.ca/gambling.