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Today, $0.88 of every dollar played goes back into the Province and thanks to our players, more than $20 billion has been delivered to support communities, provincial programs and services, charities and major events that have helped shape B.C.

Richmond Olympic Oval 

The Richmond Olympic Oval isn’t just an iconic building from the 2010 Olympic Games, it’s now a centrepiece of the community in Richmond. The City of Richmond committed $50 million of its share of provincial gaming revenue from River Rock Casino Resort to help fund construction of the Oval and the continued renovations to turn the Olympic legacy into a world-class community and sports centre for Lower Mainland residents of all ages.

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Police Services in Kelowna

Safety is a top priority in Kelowna, where the City has invested its entire share of provincial gaming revenue, generated at Lake City Casino Kelowna and Chances Kelowna, to policing services. Police can run a number of community programs, including Amber Alert, AdWatch, Restorative Justice and Victim Services. Concentrating on building positive relationships in the community, there is a program in place that acknowledges those who help deter crime and rewards them with “positive tickets.”

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Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts

A hub for the arts of all kinds in Dawson Creek, the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts was built thanks to help from the City’s share of provincial gaming revenue. The City allocated $2.3 million of gaming revenue generated at Chances Dawson Creek towards the state-of-the-art facility, which opened its doors in 2014. The Centre has been an amazing addition to the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene, with a range of classes for residents and an auditorium that offers up a stage to talented local and travelling performers alike. 

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View Royal Public Safety Building

The health and safety of View Royal residents facing emergencies is greatly improved thanks to a brand new Public Safety Building. The Island Highway facility features a number of upgrades and expansions, including larger sleeping quarters which allow volunteer firefighters to be on-call on-site rather than at home. The Public Safety Building sits on land purchased by a portion of the Town of View Royal’s share of provincial gaming revenue for hosting the View Royal Casino. 

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Economic Benefits for the Ktunaxa First Nation

The Ktunaxa Nation, Samson Cree and Mnjikaning First Nation came together to develop the St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino. The Ktunaxa Nation uses its share of provincial gaming revenue from the local casino to improve the resort, thereby attracting more tourism to the area. The resort also provides employment for the local community, with a quarter of employees being of First Nation descent. 

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