All gambling in B.C. is regulated, including the operations of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. British Columbians may participate in gambling activities such as lotteries, horse racing, slot machines and casino games, and licensed fundraising events like 50/50 draws. Non-profit organizations may be eligible for funding through community gaming grants.
Buying lottery tickets, playing casino games, online gambling, and betting on horse races are just a few of the types of gambling that adults can choose from in B.C. Learn about types of gambling and other topics like responsible gambling, player safety, how revenues support the citizens of B.C., and more.
The Community Gaming Grants program distributes $140 million annually from commercial gambling revenues, to not-for-profit organizations. Grants support the delivery of ongoing programs and the completion of capital projects that directly benefit communities throughout B.C. Explore online resources and learn more about the available grants.
Gambling event licences allow eligible organizations to fundraise by holding a single gambling event or a series of events. Gambling events include raffles, bingos, poker, social occasion casinos, and wheels of fortune. Find out about eligibility requirements and how to apply.
Horse racing occurs at a number of locations around the province. Government directs, controls, and regulates the British Columbia horse racing industry and licenses its participants.
Most British Columbians who gamble do so for entertainment and participate responsibly, however, research shows that a small percentage of players may develop problems related to excessive gambling.
Gambling industry workers, service providers, and supplies must be registered or certified by the Province of B.C. This helps to ensure the integrity and safety of gambling in the province.