How Much Money Does Gambling Raise?


  • Net Profit from gambling – $6.329 billion in 2003-2004.
  • Ontario makes the most from gambling losses – $2.091 billion in 2003-2004.
  • Gambling in Canada is an almost $13 billion per year industry.
  • Government-run gambling in Canada in 2003-2004 grossed $12.742 billion – an increase of $700 million from 2002-2003.
  • From 1992-1993 to 2003-2004, gambling revenues have increased from $1.687 billion to $6.329 billion. This is an increase of 275%.
  • Gambling revenue goes toward: repaying debt, provincial infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.), healthcare, education, grants to charities, social services, and preventing and treating gambling addiction.
  • In only the 1st quarter (April – June) of 2005, Ontario commercial casinos made $413, 587, 000 and had a daily average of 51,100 patrons. That means that 4,648,000 people made use of an Ontario commercial casino from April to June!
  • The Provincial Government allocates 2% of annual gross revenue from slot machines at racetracks and charity casinos in Ontario ($36 million) on gambling treatment programs, research, prevention, and public awareness in 2004-2005.
  • Racetracks in Ontario make 4 times as much revenue as any other province.
  • Charity casinos made $503 million for the government in 2003-2004.
  • Government-run casinos made 4,917.7 million in 2003-2004.
  • Almost 40% of gambling revenue is created in Ontario.

Source: Azmier, Jason. 2005. Gambling in Canada 2005: Statistics and Context. Canada West Foundation. Calgary, Alberta.
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According to Perspectives on Labour and Income by Statistics Canada (

  • If we were to divide the total dollars spent on gambling in 2003 by every Canadian over the age of 18, each person would have spent an average of $477.00 on gambling.
  • Gambling on horse racing seems to be decreasing in popularity. Net revenue from horse racing dropped from $532 million to $415 million from 1992 to 2004.
  • On the other hand, net revenues from government-run lotteries, video lottery terminals (VLTs), and casinos rose from 1992 to 2004. The net revenues increased from $2.7 billion in 1992 to $12.4 billion in 2004. This is an increase of $9.7 billion in 12 years.
  • Of the $12.4 billion in net revenues in 2004, $5.0 billion was profit.
  • The gambling industry employs many people. In 2004, 54,000 people were employed by the gambling industry.

According to the Canada West Foundation (

  • The per adult gambling loss in Canada for 2003/04 was $596. This translates into a monthly loss of almost $50.00 per Canadian adult!
  • Albertans and people from Saskatchewan lose as much as 40-50% more money on gambling each year than the national average.
  • Canadians tend to underestimate the amount they spend on gambling. Only one-quarter of actual gambling expenditure levels were reported by Canadians in 2003.
  • Actual annual household spending levels are estimated at $1,080, and reported spending was on $272.
  • An estimated 2.5% of average household expenditures may go towards gambling activities.
  • The actual gambling expenditure levels per housing ($1,080) are higher than the amounts spend on: Education: $1,007
    Personal Care: $834
    Reading Materials: $283