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Problem Gambling Facts

  • It is estimated that 1.2%1- 3.4%2 of Ontarians are affected by moderate and severe problem gambling.
  • The majority of those who are affected by problem gambling do not seek treatment.3
  • 1.7% of Ontario students (grades 7-12) reported being affected by problem gambling in a 2011 survey. This represents about 17,300 students.4
  • Many people who are affected by problem gambling also have other mental health (i.e. depression, generalized anxiety disorder) and/or substance use concerns (i.e. alcohol and drug addictions).5


  1. Williams, R.J., Volberg, R.A. & Stevens, R.M.G. (2012).  The Population Prevalence of Problem Gambling:  Methodological Influences, Standardized Rates, Jurisdictional Differences, and Worldwide Trends.  Report prepared for the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.  March 2012
  2. Wiebe, J., Mun, P. & Kauffman, N. (September, 2006). Gambling and Problem Gambling in 2005. Responsible Gambling Council, Toronto: ON.
  3. Suurvali, H., Hodgins, D.C., Toneatto, T. & Cunningham, A., (2012). Hesitation to seek gambling-related treatment among Ontario problem gamblers. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 6(1), 39-49.
  4. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (2012, June). Highlights from the 2011 OSDUHS mental health and well-being report. CAMH Population Studies eBulletin. 13(2).
  5. Hodgins, D.C., Stea, J.N. & Grant, J.E. (2011). Gambling disorders. The Lancet, 378, 1874-84.





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