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The Facts About Gambling

We know there are lots of myths about gambling in Nova Scotia. Here are the facts as of April 2021. 

Gaming Stats (As of April 2021)
# of Casinos 2
# of VLTs 1790
(all other communities)
# of VLTs – Mi’kmaw Communities 651
# of VLT Retailers 259
# of TL Retailers 1,006
# of Slot Machines 601 Halifax
285 Sydney
# of Tables 29 Halifax
6 Sydney


Average Prize Payout
Video Lottery 91-95%
Ticket Lottery 28-72%
Casino Slots 92%
Casino Tables 80%


Employment (# of direct jobs created by gaming)
Halifax Casino 268
Sydney Casino 103
ALC-NS Operations 15

Participation in Gambling

  • In 2020-21, 62% of adults in Nova Scotia reported gambling at least once over the last year and 38% did not gamble. Of those who gambled, 90% gambled with no reported risk of developing problems.
  • Based on the Canadian Problem Gambling Severity Index, 0.8% of the adult population (about 6,744) in Nova Scotia have problems with their gambling. An additional 9% (about 15,736) are considered at moderate-risk of experiencing a problem with gambling. 3.7% of the adult population is in the low-risk, category, 55.1% are non-problem gamblers and 38.5% are non-gamblers.