|The Alberta government will lift its moratorium on casinos in January and intends to allow electronic gambling in bingo halls, including electronic keno.|
The province has retained its limit on video lottery terminals at 6,000 machines and calls for staff at casinos, bingo halls and VLT sites to be trained to recognise problem gamblers.
The new legislation is the result of a 20-month review of gambling policies in Alberta, and is expected to help stimulate the growth of bingo halls, which have been in decline for over a decade.
Anti Gambling protesters say that the province is addicted to gambling, revenue from betting in the Alberta has risen from $220 million to more than $1 billion in ten years.
Gaming minister Ron Stevens said that consumer demand for gambling must be tempered by public acceptance, he also said that no new casinos will be built without the approval of the local communities in which they are located.