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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 2022.

Gaming Stats (As of April 2022)
# of Casinos 2
# of VLTs 2,025
(all other communities)
# of VLTs – Mi’kmaw Communities 651
# of VLT Retailers 254
# of TL Retailers 994
# of Slot Machines 569 Halifax
242 Sydney
# of Tables 27 Halifax
0 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 224
Sydney Casino 92
NSGC 17
ALC-NS Operations 15

Participation in Gambling

  • In 2021-22, 65.4% of adults in Nova Scotia reported gambling at least once over the last year and 38% did not gamble. Of those who gambled, 89.7% gambled with no reported risk of developing problems.
  • Based on the Canadian Problem Gambling Severity Index, 0.5% of the population (0.8% in 2020-21) in Nova Scotia are experiencing harms from their gambling. An additional 1.6% (1.9% in 2020-21) are considered at moderate risk, 4.7% are low-risk (3.7% in 2020-21), 58.7% are no-risk gamblers (55.1% in 2020-21) and 34.6% are non-gamblers (38.5% in 2020-21).