Gambling support in Vancouver

Vancouver is home to one casino, one commercial bingo hall, and one horse racing track with 600 slot machines.

City Council approaches the social and health costs of gambling very seriously. To maintain a healthy balance within our communities, Council takes an active role in:

  • Developing policy
  • Defining land use
  • Overseeing other regulatory matters related to the gambling industry

Help for anyone experiencing gambling related harms

The Province of British Columbia offers free information and resources to support informed choices and healthy behaviours with respect to gambling participation.

These support services are available for anyone struggling with their own or a loved one’s gambling. 

To find support in your area or virtually:

Watch the Gambling Support BC program overview video

Community benefit agreements for PARQ (39 Smithe Street)

The City of Vancouver requires PARQ, the applicant for a rezoning at 39 Smithe Street, to ensure ongoing commitments of social responsibility within community benefit agreements.

In 2015 the City and PARQ entered into two legal agreements with clear, innovative, and accountable steps that set a local and international precedent in our commitment to healthy cities.

Find the help you need


BC211's "Redbook" is a complete online directory of programs and services in Vancouver for residents with alcohol or drug misuse issues.

Redbook Online