North Central B.C.
Each year, local governments that host a gaming facility receive a 10% share of the net income those facilities generate. Last year, seven Host Local Governments in North Central B.C. received $6.2 million to invest in community initiatives like the Terrace Public Library elevator, Prince George and Williams Lake community grants and Fort St. John’s Pomeroy Sports Centre.
The following stories provide just a snapshot of the hundreds of ways that host communities in North Central B.C. play it forward and benefit from gaming revenues.
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 of Dawson Creek 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.
Pomeroy Sports Centre
Dubbed “The Energetic City,” it’s fitting that Fort St. John invests its share of provincial gaming revenue into recreation facilities and programs. Over five years, $4.3 million of funds generated at Chances Fort St. John have gone to support the Pomeroy Sports Centre, helping people in the local community stay active and fit.
For figure skater Darlene Jakubowski, the Pomeroy Sports Centre is a home away from home. The Special Olympics athlete has been training at the facility since it first opened in 2004. Most recently she made the City of Fort St. John and Canada proud when she took home two gold medals from the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria.
Darlene is just one of the many community residents to frequent the Pomeroy Sports Centre. Used for many local, provincial and national events, and offering a variety of programming to build a healthy community, the Centre sees approximately 60,000 visitors each month.
2015 Canada Winter Games
Prince George welcomed top athletes from around the nation for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, the largest multi-sport competition and cultural event ever held in the City and the first Canada Winter Games hosted in B.C.
BCLC was proud to create a magical and memorable experience for everyone involved through our sponsorship of the BCLC Centre Stage, a focal point of live celebrations including nightly entertainment, medal ceremonies and other celebrations.
Coldsnap Winter Music Festival
For Prince George residents, the Coldsnap Winter Music Festival is a favourite way to beat the winter blues.
Run by a group of passionate volunteers and proudly sponsored by BCLC, the annual festival attracts musicians from around the world for a full week of entertainment and fun. With more than 100 artists and a variety of music genres, the many live performances offer something for everyone to enjoy and pack local venues across the city.
“We believe arts and culture make good cities great,” said Sue Judge, Artistic Director of Coldsnap, “and it is support from organizations such as BCLC that keep this city great.”
Prince George Ice Rink Improvements
With nearly 20 outdoor ice rinks in Prince George, skating is definitely a favourite pastime in the community. Providing skill-building and important leadership skills to kids through hockey and figure skating programs, and letting residents of all ages stay active and outdoors throughout the winter, the City of Prince George uses a portion of its share of provincial gaming revenue from the Treasure Cove Casino to help fund rink improvements.
Prince George Symphony Orchestra
The Prince George Symphony Orchestra, started in the late 1960s by a group of amateur local musicians, has grown into a semi-professional orchestral group that boasts the talents of a professional core playing alongside community musicians and out-of-town guest performers. Thanks to more than $110,000 invested through the Province of B.C.’s Community Gaming Grants program, the organization keeps orchestral music in the city and surrounding communities going strong.
Prince Rupert Community Enhancement Grants
The City of Prince Rupert allocates its entire share of provincial gaming revenue to Community Enhancement Grants. These grants are given to applicants that provide a community amenity for the benefit of citizens. In 2015, 16 organizations in Prince Rupert received Community Enhancement Grants, including $126,000 to the Museum of Northern British Columbia. The Museum, established in Prince Rupert in 1924, acquires, preserves, studies and displays artifacts, photographs, archives and reference material relating to the Northwest Coast of British Columbia.
Quesnel Playground Upgrade
The City of Quesnel allocated $150,000 of its share of provincial revenue to making sure its youngest generation plays safely, thanks to improvements to the West Fraser Timber Park Playground. The park is the newest and largest of Quesnel’s city parks and houses four softball diamonds, four tennis courts, a lawn bowling facility, the newly improved playground, a system of hiking trails and more.
Terrace Library Upgrades
The library is a valued community space in the City of Terrace. It’s regarded as a safe and welcoming facility that supports lifelong learning. An injection of $40,000 of provincial gaming revenue from Chances Terrace connected the library with the art gallery on the lower level - elevating the complete learning experience for locals in the process.
Williams Lake Grants-In-Aid Program
The Jubilee Care House Program is a vital community resource in the City of Williams Lake. With support from the Grants-In-Aid program, the Jubilee Care House provides a home for people with mental illnesses in a supportive environment where residents learn life skills and how to thrive. The City of Williams Lake uses a portion of its share of provincial gaming revenue from Chances Signal Point to fund the Grants-In-Aid program.