Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Gambling is a legal activity in Canada. While most people who gamble do so without developing problems, it does pose potential risks and health concerns for some. For this reason, CCSA conducts research and develops materials designed to help Canadians make informed, responsible choices about their gambling in general and in specific situations or circumstances that are particularly risky, such as when they are consuming alcohol or other substances.

What Is Gambling?

Gambling is an activity in which a person risks money or something of value on an event for which the outcome is uncertain. People often gamble to win prizes, socialize or pass the time, or to support a charity or fundraising event. A variety of gambling activities — slot machines, card games, lottery tickets and games of skill — are accessible both online and offline.

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