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Working Together to Develop Low-Risk Gambling Guidelines

CCSA is working with stakeholders and partners to develop Canada’s first Low-Risk Gambling Guidelines (LRGGs) by 2020. Funded by the Mise sur toi Foundation, these guidelines will help Canadians make informed, responsible decisions about their gambling behaviour in general, as well as in circumstances that are risky, such as when they are consuming alcohol or other substances.

CCSA is bringing together experts, stakeholders and researchers in the gambling field to ensure that high-quality evidence, expert opinion, stakeholders’ expertise and the subjective experience of individuals who gamble are at the foundation of the guidelines. With those advisory relationships in place, the guidelines will meet both the requirements of scientific rigour and the expectations of stakeholders and the general population.

To reach that goal, CCSA has established two governing bodies: the Low-Risk Gambling Guidelines Scientific Working Group (LRGG-SWG) and the National Low-Risk Gambling Advisory Committee (NLRG-AC). Together, scientific experts and key stakeholders will provide the best, most relevant recommendations for Canada’s LRGGs.

Low-Risk Gambling Guidelines Scientific Working Group

The LRGG-SWG is comprised of Canada’s top researchers in the gambling field. The LRGG-SWG provides expert advice and conducts research for the technical report on the LRGGs.

LRGG-SWG members

  • David Hodgins, University of Calgary (co-chair)

  • Matthew Young, CCSA (co-chair)

  • Shawn Currie, Alberta Health Services (special advisor)

  • Louise Nadeau, University of Montreal (senior advisor)

  • Catherine Paradis, CCSA, Senior Research and Policy Analyst

National Low-Risk Gambling Advisory Committee

The NLRG-AC brings together for the first-time key stakeholders from various gambling-related sectors: prevention, treatment, public health, regulation, finance and industry. The NLRG-AC provides guidance and will help with the mobilization and up-take of the LRGGs.

NLRG-AC members

  • Louise Nadeau, University of Montreal (co-chair)

  • Rita Notarandrea, CCSA (co-chair)

  • Serge Brochu, Centre de réadaptation en dépendance de Montréal — Institut universitaire

  • John Carsley, Public Health Network

  • Kristianne Dechant, Canadian Consortium on Gambling Research

  • Richard Guay, Quebec Lobbyists Commissioner

  • Isabelle Martin, Loto-Québec

  • Monique Nadeau, Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux

  • Janice Nicotine, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

  • Kahlil Philander, British Columbia Lottery Corporation

  • Claudia Richea, NWT/Nunavut Lotteries

  • Shawn Rumble, Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board

  • Bill Rutsey, Canadian Gaming Association

  • Lynnette Skaalrud, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority

  • Trudy Smit Quosai, Gambling Research Exchange Ontario

  • Jamie Wiebe, Responsible Gambling Council