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Gambling and Problem Gambling in Ontario 2005

Responsible Gambling Council | Sep 19, 2006

This report presents the results of a survey regarding the nature and extent of gambling and gambling problems in Ontario. The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling, to describe the characteristics of individuals experiencing gambling-related problems, and to compare trends with the 2001 Ontario gambling prevalence study Measuring Gambling and Problem Gambling in Ontario [link] (Wiebe, Single, & Falkowski-Ham, 2001) with regards to levels of gambling and problem gambling. The Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI) was used to measure gambling problems.

Findings showed that

  • 63.3% of participants reported engaging in at least one gambling activity in the year prior to the survey. This rate was significantly lower than the 83.3% participation rate observed in 2001.
  • Gambling on slot machines decreased from 30.3% in 2001 to 19.2% in 2005. Participation in Internet gambling increased from 0.6% in 2001 to 1.7% in 2005.
  • Poker was the most common form of Internet gambling with the greatest increases occurring among 18 to 24 year-olds (from 1.4% in 2001 to 5.5% in 2005).
  • A significant number of study participants experienced problems related to their gambling: 2.6% had moderate gambling problems and 0.8% had severe gambling problems. These rates are similar to those found in 2001.
  • Comparable to 2001, 6.9% of 18 to 24 year-olds in this study reported moderate to severe gambling problems.
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