Strengthening Collaboration to Optimize Efforts Addressing Gambling-related Harm in Ontario

Government-operated gambling has grown over the past two decades, with revenues reaching $6.6 billion in 2015, of which $2.1 billion was allocated to the Government of Ontario to fund a range of health, education, and other social services in the province. However, while gambling has brought in resources to support much-needed health and social programs and services, the emergence of gambling-related harms have become an increasing concern.

The ongoing changes in the provincial gambling landscape, coupled with relatively recent advancements in mental health and addictions services in Ontario, has created a unique opportunity to consider how the delivery of programs and services to reduce gambling-related harms can be reformed alongside industry changes to better meet the needs of Ontarians.