The Liberals have made a rare announcement of removing the My-Play system from video lottery terminals after realizing that the program has failed to reduce the problem and wasn’t meeting its declared objectives. A press release issued by the minister responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act, Andrew Younger, stated that “It did not reduce play by people with gambling addictions, and in fact, the vast majority of play sessions didn’t even use the main features of the product.”
The My-Play cards were made mandatory almost two years ago as a move by the NDP government to give gamblers information about their current and past VLT activities, consequently enabling them to make informed decisions about their play. However, the program completely failed to achieve that objective since the gamblers found ways to circumvent it. The gamblers made it a habit to set high limits on their accounts and some even adopted the practice of signing up for several different My-Play cards.