Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use

We support mental health and addictions service providers through training and education, developing digital tools and resources, and facilitating knowledge sharing.

Who we are

The Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use (GGTU) program is part of the Knowledge Exchange and Training (KET) portfolio in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Provincial System Support Program (PSSP). GGTU aims to build a stronger mental health and addictions system in Ontario by supporting mental health and addictions service providers through training and education, digital tools and resources, and knowledge-sharing activities.

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Join the GGTU Community of Interest

The Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest brings together addiction and mental health service providers, researchers and subject matter experts in the fields of gambling, technology/Internet use and video gaming to collaborate and share knowledge on emerging trends and clinical best practices.

Join our online Community of Interest (CoI) to discuss problem gambling, gaming and technology use. Participants can post and share relevant information on research findings, webinars, professional development opportunities and more.

June - August, 2022 Newsletter

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Informative news from the sector.

  • The Responsible Gambling Council (RBC) has compiled a list of resources on responsible gambling in Ontario's new regulated market. Click here, for more information.

  • Gambling watchdog slaps fines on two internet gaming operators | Toronto Sun. The Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) serves BetMGM Canada and PointsBet Canada with substantial fines for allegedly breaching the Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming. The Standards include restrictions on advertising, promotions and bonuses that mislead and misrepresent players.
  • Issue 20 of Sports Betting Community (SBC) Leaders Magazine goes live with a new section dedicated to Canadian content and a huge push toward North American markets and initiatives. Leading this is an interview with Shelley White, who shares her journey into the betting industry and how the Canada-based Responsible Gambling Council is taking the lead in establishing a collaborative approach to safer gambling standards.
  • Paul Foster, CEO of Crucial Compliance, talks to Becky Liggero in episode 17 of #HashingItOut about how blockchain technology can be utilized in dealing with compliance matters within the gambling and gaming industry. Is there a way to maintain data integrity?
  • Canada: More Kids Are Exposed to Betting Ads, Says Expert. A gambling news article shows how our children are getting more exposed to sports betting platforms. Will this have a long-term impact on them?
  • RGC’s Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices (CABP), in collaboration with the Ontario Gambling Research Society (OGRS), conceives and implements a three-wave provincial survey study to examine the impacts of COVID-19 on Ontarians’ gambling behaviours.
  • Gambling on the stock market? Is there an association between stock trading and problem gambling behaviour? A study by Moritz Mosenhauer shows a relationship between potentially risky investment behaviour, frequent stock trading and problem gambling.
  • When the markets go up, does your mental health crash, too? Read more about it in this LA Times article about cryptocurrency addiction.

Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use (GGTU) is working to build a stronger mental health and addiction system in Ontario by supporting addictions and mental health service providers. The program provides training and education, develops digital tools and resources, and facilitates knowledge sharing related to problem gambling, video gaming and internet addiction.

Meet the GGTU team

Our team is a dedicated group that works collaboratively to strengthen service provider capacity to deliver evidence-based treatments that address gambling, gaming and technology use issues in Ontario. In this section, you will meet and learn more about the GGTU team.

This time around, we meet Peter Chen, who has been with CAMH for 29 years. He is currently supporting the GGTU team as an Education Specialist.

In GGTU, Peter is well known as an expert facilitator, with superb knowledge in the practice of mindfulness, and is our go-to for a fun joke or meaningful quote.

Question: What projects are you currently working on?

Facilitation of “Introduction to Problem Technology Use,” a foundational online course, followed by “Introduction to Problem Gambling,” a foundational online course being offered in late June/July. I am also busy delivering Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) responsible gambling trainings to various customer service sites, which has been a partnership with PSSP for a number of years.

Question: What excites you the most about working at CAMH?

Being able to do what I love doing, which is teaching. And also working with an amazing team of supportive and creative colleagues.  

Question: What is one thing that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?

I just shared in our team meeting that I like playing the guitar and singing, and I also used to play in a steelband. So now they know this. I may have also shared that I trained in a Persian style of martial arts for about 20 years. 

Special Features

GGTU needs assessment survey

GGTU is launching a survey to assess the needs of our digital resources. We want to hear from you about the topics we should be focusing on, and the types of resources and digital products we should be offering in the year ahead.

Alberta Gambling Research Institute's 21st annual conference

Back to the Future of Gambling Research

Dates: June 23–25, 2022