Legislation introduced today, Sept. 21, will modernize a program that helps people gain control of their gambling.
The voluntary self-exclusion program allows people to ban themselves from Nova Scotia’s two casinos.
“We are committed to delivering responsible gambling and recognize the need for a modern, more flexible approach for people who need time away from gambling,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister and Minister responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act, Karen Casey. “The current voluntary exclusion program has not been updated since 1995 and it does not reflect today’s best practices.”
The legislation introduced today will allow the authority to:
— provide more flexibility for the program to adopt best practices
— implement variable time lengths for the voluntary ban to provide more options for participants
— include forfeiture of prizes, winnings and wagers if a person is under a voluntary ban
Nova Scotia is the only Canadian jurisdiction that includes a mandatory, lifetime ban with its self-exclusion program. Experts say this approach can be a deterrent to people who would otherwise enrol in the program to take short-term breaks from casino gambling.
There are about 2,100 people enrolled in the program.
If you or a loved one has ever wondered if gambling is putting you at risk, help can be found through the Gambling Support Network. For more information on this free, confidential service, visit http://gamblingsupportnetwork.ca or call 1-888-347-8888.