Government of New Brunswick

Gaming in Canada is governed by the Criminal Code of Canada. Under that statute, generally speaking, gambling is unlawful unless it is conducted and managed by the province (or a body authorized by the province to license gaming on its behalf) or licensed by a provincial government.

Specifically, section 207 allows:

  • The government of a province to conduct and manage lottery schemes in accordance with any law enacted by the legislature of that province. [paragraph 207(1)(a)]
  • A licensed charitable or religious organization to conduct and manage a lottery scheme in that province if the proceeds from the lottery scheme are used for a charitable or religious object or purpose. [paragraph 207(1)(b)]
  • A licensed board of a fair or of an exhibition, or an operator of a concession leased by that board, to conduct and manage a lottery scheme in that province. [paragraph 207(1)(c)]

Under the Gaming Control Act, the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation (NBLGC) is responsible for the conduct and management of all provincial gaming as required by paragraph 207(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. The Gaming, Liquor and Security Licensing Branch, created under the Act as a branch of the Department of Justice and Public Safety, is responsible for the regulation and control of provincial gaming as well as the regulation, control and licensing of charitable gaming in the province.

 

 

Types of Gaming


New Brunswickers and visitors may choose to participate in several types of gaming activities, such as:

Casino Gaming

There are two casinos in New Brunswick.  Casino New Brunswick is located in the city of Moncton and offers slots, Poker and other table games.  Casino New Brunswick is operated by a private operator, the Great Canadian Gaming (New Brunswick) Ltd.

Grey Rock Casino is located on the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation (Edmundston) and offers slots, electronic table games and Poker.  Grey Rock Casino is operated by a private operator, the Grey Rock Entertainment Centre Inc.

Quick Facts:

  • The NBLGC is responsible for managing the service provider agreement with casino operators.
  • The Gaming, Liquor and Security Licensing Branch, (Department of Justice and Public Safety) is responsible for the regulation of casino gaming, which includes the registration requirements of gaming suppliers and gaming assistants.
  • Casino New Brunswick opened in May 2010.
  • Grey Rock Casino opened in March 2015.

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Video Lottery

A Video lottery terminal (VLT) is a gaming machine that allows gamblers to bet on the outcome of a video game. VLTs are similar to slot machines, except that a VLT is connected to a centralized computer system that determines the outcome of each wager using a random number generator. Although the outcome of each wager is random, the total amount and number of payouts may be programmed by Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC). The ALC, a crown corporation owned by the four Atlantic Provinces (New Brunwick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island), operates the video lottery program on behalf of the Province.

One of the major initiatives of the responsible gaming policy was the reformation of the VLT program, which was completed by April 1, 2010. Changes to the VLT program included:

  • Restriction of VLTs to age-controlled environments.
  • A 50% reduction of the number of VLT sites in New Brunswick (from 625 sites to a maximum of 300 sites).
  • A 25% reduction of the number of VLTs in the Province (from 2,650 to a maximum of 2,000 terminals).
  • Changes to the number of VLTs allowed at each site.
  • Changes to the siteholder commission structure.
  • Implementation of an annual registration fee.
  • Implementation of responsible gaming requirements into the VLT program.
  • The development and incorporation of business and performance standards for the VLT program.

Quick Facts:

  • VLTs were introduced in New Brunswick in 1990.
  • The NBLGC does not directly operate the video lottery program. The ALC operates provincial video lottery program on behalf of the Province.
  • The Gaming, Liquor and Security Licensing Branch, (Department of Justice and Public Safety) is responsible for the regulation of video lottery, which includes the registration requirements of video lottery siteholders.

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Lottery Gaming

Lottery gaming (e.g. Scratch’N Win tickets, 6/49, Lotto Max, etc.) is operated by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC). The ALC is a crown corporation owned by the four Atlantic Provinces, which inlcude New Brunwick (represented by the NBLGC), Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.

In addition to being a shareholder in the ALC, the NBLGC is also a shareholder in the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC). The ALC handles and markets the products of the ILC. The ILC is a jointly owned corporation of the 10 Canadian provinces. Its products include “Lotto Max” and “Lotto 6/49” – both of which are national lottery games.

Quick Facts:

  • Lottery gaming has been provided in New Brunswick since 1976.
  • The NBLGC does not directly operate ticket lotteries. The ALC operates provincial lottery schemes on behalf of the Province, which include the traditional lottery programs, breakopen games, sports betting products and instant win scratch tickets.

 

Charitable Gaming

Charitable gaming has long been an important source of revenue for many charities and religious organizations. Eligible charitable and religious organizations are able to obtain a licence to conduct events such as bingos, bingo event breakopen ticket sales, raffles, breakopen ticket sales, Monte Carlo events and Texas Hold 'em Poker tournaments. Proceeds from charitable gaming must be used for the relief of poverty, education, advancement of religion or a purpose benificial to the community.

The Gaming, Liquor and Security Licensing Branch, (Department of Justice and Public Safety) is responsible for the regulation, control and licensing of charitable gaming in the Province.

Quick Facts:

  • A provincial licensing program for charitable gaming (Bingos, raffles, draws, etc.) was introduced in fiscal 1980-1981.
  • Charitable Texas Hold'em Poker tournaments were introduced in May 2008.
  • The Gaming, Liquor and Security Licensing Branch, under the Department of Justice and Public Safety is responsible for the licensing and regulation of charitable gaming.

Contact:

  • Gaming, Liquor and Security Licensing Branch, (Department of Justice and Public Safety) for information on:
    - Terms and Conditions for Charitable Lottery Licence
    - Terms and Conditions for Charitable Texas Hold'em Poker Tournaments
    - Charitable gaming licensing requirements

 

Harness Racing

Pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in Canada is regulated and supervised by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada). The NBLGC is not directly involved in this form of gaming.

The Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission, established in 1994, has jurisdiction to govern, regulate and ensure the integrity of harness racing in the Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island). Harness racing is conducted in 3 racetracks in New Brunswick: Fredericton (Fredericton Raceway), Saint John (Exhibition Park Raceway) and Woodstock (Woodstock Driving Club).

Quick Facts:

  • Horse racing in New Brunswick dates back to the early 1830's.
  • The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency regulates and supervises pari-mutuel betting on horse racing at racetracks across Canada.
  • The Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission is responsible for governing, regulating and supervising harness racing in all its forms relevant and related to pari-mutuel betting in the Maritime Provinces.