Gambling in Ontario

Gambling in Ontario

Ontario Gaming Marketplace

Did you know that Ontario has:

  • 20,402 Slot machines
  • 555 gaming tables
  • 125 Bingo facilitates
  • 19 Racetracks
  • 10 Casinos

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)

Created on April 1, 2000 under the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Act, 1999, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is a provincial agency operating and managing province-wide lotteries, casinos and slots facilities at horse racing tracks.

Generating approximately $6 billion in annual revenues and $2 billion in annual profit for the Province of Ontario, OLG businesses directly employ 20,000 people and support nearly 11,000 independent lottery retailers.

OLG is responsible for five business divisions:

Responsible Gaming

OLG is strongly committed to upholding the public’s best interest by delivering its products and services in a socially responsible manner. On March 31, 2005, the Corporation launched its Responsible Gaming Code of Conduct, a blueprint to reduce the risk of problem gambling in Ontario. Through a series of initiatives, OLG is strengthening its corporate commitment, enhancing customer information and education programs and developing programs and polices that improve the gaming environment.

Ontario has one of the best-funded problem gambling strategies in North America. To date, approximately $113 million has been allocated to the Province’s Problem Gambling Program.

Where the Money Goes

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Act, 1999 directs gaming proceeds to provincial hospitals, sport, recreational and cultural activities, and to charitable organizations and non-profit corporations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and other government priority programs such as health care and education. (

Source: Ontario and Lottery Gaming Corporation (OLG),