Illustrations by Joe Fleming

Did you know…

Gambling occurs at a very high rate among people experiencing poverty and homelessness. In fact, 35% of men using shelter services in Toronto have reported serious or even severe gambling problems at some point in their lives.

This is nine times higher than the general population.

Problem Gambling Among Youth: Joey’s Story

The relationship between problem gambling and poverty can be complicated by experiences of homelessness, trauma, violence, mental illness and substance use. These experiences are also impacted by intersections of class, race, culture, sex and gender identity.

“I WISH I KNEW THAT CASINO GAMES WERE RIGGED AGAINST ME.”

Watch joey’s story with problem gambling to learn more

About the Lab

Illustration by Joe Fleming

The Justice and Equity Lab embraces innovation to address poverty, homelessness, and social inequities in health among people who face daily marginalization and discrimination. 

Prominent Research

The lab currently oversees multiple ongoing projects related to problem gambling, poverty, and homelessness. Click here for more information on current and completed projects.

SPRinG App

Click here to learn more about this evidence-based, low-barrier, harm-reduction self-help tool.

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Get In Touch

Our lab is located at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital.

MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions
St. Michael’s Hospital
30 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1W8, Canada