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Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Each year, local governments that host a gaming facility receive a 10% share of the net income those facilities generate. Last year, 12 Host Local Governments in the Vancouver Coast and Mountains region received $68.3 million to invest in their communities with initiatives like the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant, the Richmond Olympic Oval, the Timms Community Centre in Langley and the Queensborough Community Centre in New Westminster.

The following stories provide just a snapshot of the hundreds of ways that host communities in the Vancouver Coast and Mountains region play it forward and benefit from gaming revenues. 

 

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. Constructed to house the speed skating events, the impressive arena spent a lot of time in the spotlight during the Games. 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.

 

Burke Mountain Fire Hall 

The Burke Mountain Fire Hall in Coquitlam is home to 16 members of Engine Company Four. Built with the growing neighbourhood in mind, it is able to accommodate two full-time emergency crews and also provides a meeting space and community board for residents in the area. The City of Coquitlam used a portion of its share of provincial gaming revenue to help fund the project. The funds, generated thanks to players at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, will help with operational costs for the facility, which opened its doors to the community in 2015.

 

Abbotsford Centre

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Since opening its doors in 2009, the Abbotsford Centre has become a hub of activity in the City. With a capacity of up to 8,500 seats, the multipurpose arena has hosted countless concerts, competitions, the former ACHL hockey team the Abbotsford Heat and many other events and experiences. The Centre received a boost in 2012 when the City allocated $800,000 from its share of provincial gaming revenue, generated at Chances Abbotsford, towards operating costs. 

 

Abbotsford Peer Support for Seniors

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The goal of the Abbotsford Peer Support Network is to offer empathy, guidance and information to seniors from a group of highly trained volunteers of a similar age. The Province of B.C.’s Community Gaming Grants program helps fund the organization, which provides a peer counsellor network and hosts initiatives that positively impact seniors in the community, including the “Good Morning” program that offers a phone call each morning to ensure the safety and well-being of clients.

 

Al Anderson Memorial Pool and Timms Community Centre

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Players at Cascades Casino are helping to keep the Langley community active and entertained. A popular family-friendly destination, the Al Anderson Memorial Pool received over $500,000 in funding from the City of Langley’s share of provincial gaming revenue. The outdoor pool is just one of the ways Langley is creating a healthy community and providing a wealth of programs, like swimming lessons and fitness classes, for all ages to enjoy. 

 

Alouette Rover Management Society

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The Alouette River Management Society in Maple Ridge offers important environmental education for kids and the community as well as initiatives to preserve the watershed and stream ecology of the area. A $52,000 Community Gaming Grant in 2016 helped ensure the organization would be able continue their mission of instilling waterway health on both public and private land.

 

Anvil Centre 

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Built by the City of New Westminster using its share of provincial gaming revenue from Starlight Casino, this state-of-the-art facility is a hub of activity that features studios, a performance and lecture theatre, the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and a community art space. The venue provides a wealth of space for community programs and serves as an important pillar of the economy in the area, providing hundreds of jobs and bringing groups and conferences to the city.

 

BCLC 2010 Winter Games Dome 

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With B.C.’s Lower Mainland being the main hub for the 2010 Olympic excitement, BCLC sponsored a travelling, multi-sensory experience to bring the excitement and spirit of the Olympic Winter Games to people all over the province, regardless of location. 

 

Burnaby Lake Rejuvenation Project 

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The award-winning Burnaby Lake Rejuvenation Project played an important role in restoring the ecology of the lake habitat. The nearly endangered western painted turtle calls the lake home, and after the successful removal of contaminated sediment, the population is free to thrive alongside hundreds of wildlife species found in the area. Thanks to players at the Grand Villa Casino, the City of Burnaby contributed more than $4 million of its share of provincial gaming revenue to the important ecosystem project. 

 

Chilliwack Bowls of Hope

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Chances Chilliwack is making a difference through its support of Chilliwack Bowls of Hope. Every second week, a small army of Chances Chilliwack staff volunteer their time to help sort and deliver fruit for the Feed the Children Program, an initiative that delivers hot lunches, milk and fruit to up to 680 children in need in local schools each day. Not only do the children benefit from much needed nourishment, the result is improved behaviour and cognitive focus, which benefits everyone in the schools. Along with the regular volunteer efforts of its staff, Chances provides valuable financial support to Chilliwack Bowls of Hope through fundraising efforts and donations. 

 

 

Cloverdale Recreation Centre

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Construction of the Cloverdale Recreation Centre received a $13 million boost thanks to players at Elements Casino. The City of Surrey used a portion of its share of provincial gaming revenue to fund the recreation centre, which offers 66,000 square feet of exercise and leisure space to help keep its multi-generational community active. This includes a child care facility, youth centre, and senior’s lounge.

 

Columbus Resident Musical Therapy 

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Columbus Residence is a long-term care facility in Vancouver that is home to people with dementia and other types of complex care issues. Through twice-weekly musical therapy sessions, the residents are able to engage, connect and express themselves through different music-based activities, creating trust, mental stimulation and self-expression. The funding the facility receives through Community Gaming Grants ensures the resident music therapist can continue to enrich the lives of the Columbus Residence occupants.

 

Engineering Operations and Road Improvements 

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Langley residents are getting a smoother commute, thanks to players at Cascades Langley. The City of Langley has contributed more than $5 million of its share of provincial gaming revenue into engineering operations and road improvements since 2010. Road safety, surface conditions and lighter traffic aren’t the only benefits of the upgrades – the projects that stem from the funding generated at the local casino also infuse the economy and create jobs in the area. 

 

Langley Good Times Cruise-in

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The Langley Good Times Cruise-in is one of North America’s largest non-profit car shows. Wayne Patterson, the president of the Langley Good Times Cruise-in, credits much of the car show’s growth to the support it has received from Cascades Langley Casino.

“Working with Cascades Langley has been a windfall,” Patterson said. “We had a bigger footprint when we moved the show to their parking lot. That allowed us to bring in more cars and raise more money for charity.”

The Langley Good Times Cruise-in now raises $45,000 to $100,000 for charity every year. Cascades continues to support the car show by donating a stage each year and offering out-of-town entrants discounted hotel rooms.

 

Mission Skatepark

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Thanks to players at Chances Mission, a new skate park is bringing youth together like never before in the District of Mission. After a young skateboarder from Mission asked for a new skate park in 2014, Council and Staff embarked on a community engagement program to design the project. Working with Newline Skate parks, the new park opened in July 2016 and is now used by hundreds of young skaters every week.

The District of Mission used a portion of its share of provincial gaming revenue for hosting Chances Mission to fund the skate park project.

 

Queensborough Community Centre

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With its gym, community kitchen, library, art gallery and meeting and activity space, the Queensborough Community Centre is a home away from home for many New Westminster residents. In the spirit of keeping the community social and active, the City of New Westminster used $6 million from its share of provincial gaming revenue generated by players at Starlight Casino towards the expansion of the neighbourhood hub.

 

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With its gym, community kitchen, library, art gallery and meeting and activity space, the Queensborough Community Centre is a home away from home for many New Westminster residents. In the spirit of keeping the community social and active, the City of New Westminster used $6 million from its share of provincial gaming revenue generated by players at Starlight Casino towards the expansion of the neighbourhood hub.

 

Richmond Sharing Farm 

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The City of Richmond used $18,000 of its share of provincial gaming revenue to support the Sharing Farm Society, which grows and provides fresh produce for low-income families. In 2015, more than 14,000 pounds of food grown by the Sharing Farm was donated to Richmond residents in need through the Richmond Food Bank and other programs. Each week, 1,000 families receive produce from the Sharing Farm.

 

 Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program

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Community spirit is high in the City of Coquitlam. Each year, the City uses a portion of its share of provincial gaming revenue generated at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver to provide support for not-for-profit organizations in the community through the City’s Spirit of Coquitlam Grant program. In spring 2016, 22 projects received a total of $200,529 in funding. These projects focused on events, celebrations and sports hosting applications, as well as initiatives that enrich the community.

Since 2002, the City of Coquitlam has awarded over $7.56 million to approximately 189 different community organizations as part of the program. 

 

The Stone Soup Society 

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With the goal of shifting misconceptions and decreasing homelessness, the Stone Soup Society affects change in the community through education and collaboration. By working with various community groups, it helps people in need find secure housing and the resources to remain successfully in their new home. The District of Mission supports this initiative by allocating a portion of its share of provincial gaming revenue generated at Chances Mission.

 

Timms Community Centre

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Gaming funds in Langley are helping local wheelchair basketball players. Prior to the new Timms Community Centre opening in 2016, distance prevented many up and coming wheelchair basketball players from reaching their full potential. Competitive practices and pickup games usually happened in facilities in Vancouver, which was too far for many families in the Fraser Valley.

Aspiring wheelchair basketball players now have the opportunity to reach greater heights playing the sport. The City of Langley used approximately $11 million of its share of provincial gaming revenue to help fund construction of the facility