Accountability and Social Responsibility in Ontario's Legal Gambling Regime

Document Synopsis: 

From 2009, This report explores commercial gambling in Ontario in relation to standards of accountability, social responsiblity, and acting in the public interest. The report considers enabling legislation; documents the organization structures and policies used to administer legal gambling in Ontario; and reviews the academic literature on gambling administration in Ontario and other jurisdictions.

"Consumer protection for gamblers is uncertain; citizens lack information with which to hold the government accountable for its gambling operations; responsible gambling initiatives are uninspired; and the government's inherent conflict of interest as both provider of gambling and beneficiary of gambling proceeds compromises its ability to operate and regulate the activity in the public interest"