Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries leaves $2M for addiction treatment and research unspent
Even though Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is required by law to allocate two per cent of its net income to addictions research and treatment, the Crown corporation has been cutting back its spending on social responsibility.
The government introduced the requirement in 2013, and since then the social responsibility budget has reached about $12 million. But in 2015, $869,000 was left unspent, and that amount more than doubled in the past year to $2.1 million, according to MLL's annual reports.
"There's no reason the money is not being spent," said Leah Gazan, who used to sit on the research council of MLL's gambling research program.
"The provincial government makes a lot of money off gaming and alcohol consumption in this province," she said.
"If you're making money off these kind of industries that can potentially harm people then you really need to invest to make sure that people are safe," said Gazan.
"There are many areas where they could invest money, not just in terms of harm reduction but also dealing with issues that arise out of these kind of industries."
Gazan's term on the gambling research council was already over when MLL quietly phased it out in 2018. The program had a $1-million annual budget for academic studies into responsible gambling, problem-gambling prevention and treatment.
Levasseur, J. (2018, April 02). Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries leaves $2M for addiction treatment and research unspent | CBC News. Retrieved January 13, 2019, from https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-liquor-and-lotteries-addictions-treatment-money-1.4598711