PEI Gambling Prevalence

Gambling is a common activity for many Canadians. Studies show that most Canadians participate in a gambling activity at least once a year. However, gambling can become problematic if it hinders work, school or daily activities, or causes harm to relationships, mental or physical health or finances. Research suggests that approximately 2% of Canadians experience problem gambling.

The CHCR conducted a study (following previous studies preformed in 1999 and 2005 to measure:

  1. The prevalence of participation in gambling in Prince Edward Island
  2. The prevalence of at-risk and problem gambling in Prince Edward Island
  3. The association between at-risk and problem gambling and demographic characteristics (e.g., age, gender, employment status, education, marital status, and household income)
  4. The prevalence of in-person versus online gambling
  5. The associations of method of access (in-person vs online) with demographic characteristics and at-risk and problem gambling
  6. Potential subgroups of at-risk gamblers for a more in-depth study

Findings will help inform programs and policies aimed at reducing the harms of problem gambling in Prince Edward Island. The results of this study can be found here, on the Government of PEI website

An overview of the findings have been highlighted by CBC in this article and radio interview. 

Funding for this initiative was provided by the PEI Department of Health and Wellness and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research through the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit.