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Working Together to Develop Lower-risk Gambling Guidelines

​​CCSA is working with stakeholders and partners to develop Canada’s first Lower-risk Gambling Guidelines (LRGGs) by 2020. Funded by the Mise sur toi Foundation, these guidelines will help Canadians make informed, responsible decisions about their gambling behaviour in general, as well as in circumstances that are risky, such as when they are consuming alcohol or other substances.

​CCSA is bringing together experts, stakeholders and researchers in the gambling field to ensure that high-quality evidence, expert opinion, stakeholders’ expertise and the subjective experience of individuals who gamble are at the foundation of the guidelines. With those advisory relationships in place, the guidelines will meet both the requirements of scientific rigour and the expectations of stakeholders and the general population.

To reach that goal, CCSA has established two governing bodies: the Lower-risk Gambling Guidelines Scientific Working Group (LRGG-SWG) and the National Lower-risk Gambling Advisory Committee (NLRG-AC). Together, scientific experts and key stakeholders will provide the best, most relevant recommendations for Canada’s LRGGs.

Lower-risk Gambling Guidelines Scientific Working Group

The LRGG-SWG is comprised of Canada’s top researchers in the gambling field. The LRGG-SWG provides expert advice and conducts research for the technical report on the LRGGs.

LRGG-SWG members

  • David Hodgins, University of Calgary (co-chair)

  • Catherine Paradis, CCSA (co-chair)​

  • Matthew Young, CCSA (co-chair)

  • Natacha Brunelle, University of Québec at Trois-Rivières

  • Shawn Currie, Alberta Health Services

  • Magali Dufour, University of Sherbrook

  • Marie-Claire Flores-Pajot, CCSA

  • Louise Nadeau, University of Montreal  

National Lower-r​isk Gambling Advisory Committee

The NLRG-AC brings together for the first-time key stakeholders from various gambling-related sectors: prevention, treatment, public health, regulation, finance and industry. The NLRG-AC provides guidance and will help with the mobilization and up-take of the LRGGs.

NLRG-AC members

  • Louise Nadeau, University of Montreal (co-chair)

  • Rita Notarandrea, CCSA (co-chair)

  • Eric Baich, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission

  • Serge Brochu, Centre de réadaptation en dépendance de Montréal — Institut universitaire

  • Paul Burns, Canadian Gaming Association

  • Peter Butt, University of Saskatchewan

  • John Carsley, Public Health Network

  • Kristianne Dechant, Canadian Consortium on Gambling Research

  • Ksenia Gasper, Lotteries Yukon

  • Richard Guay, Quebec Lobbyists Commissioner

  • Lucie Lépine, Quebec Ministry of Finance

  • Isabelle Martin, Loto-Québec and Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling (CPRG)

  • Sonya Trudeau, Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux

  • Janice Nicotine, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation​

  • Claudia Richea, NWT/Nunavut Lotteries

  • Janine Robinson, Responsible Gambling Council

  • Shawn Rumble, Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board

  • Hubert Sacy, Mise sur Toi

  • Lynnette Skaalrud, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority

  • Trudy Smit Quosai, Gambling Research Exchange Ontario