The British Columbia government and BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC) have committed an additional CA$1.4m (PS818,902/EUR955,867/US$1.0m) to fund research into gambling-related harm in the Canadian province.
The funding will be used to support the work of the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Gambling Research. Since the centre opened, both BCLC and government have supported research.
The Centre for Gambling Research, established in 2014, focuses on problem and responsible gambling. The Centre for Gambling Research focuses on responsible and problem gambling.
This is the third successive five-year commitment of funding from BCLC and the British Columbia Government.
Mike Farnworth said that the Centre for Gambling Research, located at UBC, is doing a great job.
The research findings and policies developed by the government are essential to protecting British Columbians against the harmful effects of gambling problems.
BCLC President and CEO Pat Davis praised also the relationship that continues to exist with this specialist research facility.
Davis stated, “At BCLC we are always seeking ways to make gambling safer for our players. We’re constantly looking at new opportunities.” The Centre for Gambling Research, UBC provides us with valuable information that helps improve the programs and initiatives at BCLC that support player health.
We’re happy to provide support for the Centre so that its work continues to guide industry.”
Supporting players and teams in British Columbia
BCLC launched several schemes to protect players from harms caused by gambling.
It announced several updates in the VSE programme earlier this year. The updates were aimed at reducing the stigma of VSE and making it more accessible to players.
It has been renamed to “Game Break”, and offers new elements. The programme now includes an active process of reinstatement for those who wish to resume playing. The scheme’s terms and conditions remained unchanged, but players who wish to return to the game must now complete an online training course.
BCLC also partnered up with Everi Holdings in order to help its anti-money laundering initiatives.
Everi Compliance, a software solution that prevents money laundering and supports BCLC gaming operations online, is now available to BCLC. The software covers bingo, online gambling, and casino games.
Everi Compliance has been deployed across more than 600 gambling properties in a variety of markets.