Gambling ads removed from Ontario arena in move to avoid targeting children

Gambling ads removed from Ontario arena in move to avoid targeting children

Article brief provided by Waterloo Region Record
  • Robert Williams, Waterloo Region Record
June 29, 2024 12:00 PM
  • Robert Williams, Waterloo Region Record

Gambling ads plastered over an Ontario arena have been removed after a review by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

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Advocates lobbying for stricter gambling advertising regulations believe the decision should set a precedent, establishing all Ontario sport facilities predominantly used by children as off bounds to gambling companies.

The advertisements for theScore Bet were removed this month from the Canlan Sports complex in Oakville after an official complaint was sent to the commission by the advocacy group Ban Ads for Gambling. The group argued that due to the predominant use of the facility by children, the advertisements — which appeared on locker room doors, along the boards, underneath scoreboards, and even as a backdrop for benches — were specifically targeting minors.