THE ONTARIO LOTTERY AND GAMING CORPORATION COLLABORATES WITH TREATMENT PROVIDERS ACROSS ONTARIO TO OFFER ADDITIONAL SERVICE
TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - People who want to take a break from gambling
now have another option for help; they can now voluntarily self-exclude
from all OLG gaming sites without having to enter one.
OLG is collaborating with 16 gambling and debt counselors across the
province to offer Off-Site registration for the voluntary
Self-Exclusion program. People can register to self-exclude at
treatment facilities - meaning they have the option not to do so at an
OLG gaming facility. More treatment and debt counselors are expected to
join the program in the coming weeks.
"We are working to support those people who may be experiencing
difficulties with their gambling and want to avoid the temptation of
visiting a casino or slot facility to self-exclude," says Paul
Pellizzari, OLG's Director of Policy and Social Responsibility. "OLG
recognizes the importance of providing an alternate location for this
significant and brave decision."
People who want to self-exclude and take advantage of this new option
can call any OLG gaming facility and ask to speak to a member of the
security team. OLG staff will arrange an appointment at a participating
local treatment facility. Once there, those who self-exclude can
arrange to get immediate support from a gambling counselor. On-site
Self-Exclusion registration at gaming facilities continues to be an
option as well.
It is important to recognize that OLG's Self-Exclusion program is self-help tool, not a policing effort. It
cannot guarantee to prevent people from gambling. OLG offers a number
of supports, including efforts to deter self-excluders from returning
to gaming sites. Should a self-excluder breach their agreement and is
detected on a gaming floor, that person is escorted out and may face a
trespassing penalty. Currently, state-of-the art facial recognition
technology is being rolled-out at all OLG gaming sites to boost
The Self-Exclusion program provides a bridge to treatment and the
addition of the new Off-Site option increases access to that treatment.
Self-Exclusion is one part of OLG's broader Responsible Gaming
strategy. Other elements of the strategy and support include
education, training of over 6,000 gaming staff, financial contributions
to fund research of problem gambling, partnerships and consultation
with addiction experts. For more information, please visit www.knowyourlimit.ca.
OLG has recently earned the highest level of accreditation, World Lottery Association Level Four, for its Responsible Gaming program. OLG is now one of only five gaming
operators in North America, and one of 22 in the world, to achieve this
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games
and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and
Resort Casinos have generated more than $32 billion for the benefit of
the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals,
amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities,
provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and
local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the
Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Know your limit, play within it!
THE ONTARIO PROBLEM GAMBLING HELPLINE 1-888-230-3505
Disponible en français
For further information:
OLG Media Line