Each year, local governments that host a gaming facility receive a 10% share of the net income those facilities generate. Last year, five Host Local Governments in the Thompson Okanagan received $10.5 million to invest in community projects, like park improvements in Kamloops, policing in Kelowna, and the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. To find out how Host Local Governments in the Thompson Okanagan play it forward with their share of provincial gaming revenue, see below.
BCLC 2010 Winter Games Dome
With B.C.’s Lower Mainland being the main hub for the 2010 Olympic excitement, this travelling, multi-sensory experience ensured people all over B.C. got to enjoy the excitement and spirit of the Winter Games, regardless of location.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
CMHA is dedicated to achieving their vision of having “healthy people in a healthy society” through a number of initiatives supported through Community Gaming Grants. Programs like the “Connected By 25” in the Interior offer important life skills to at-risk youth transitioning out of government programs to ensure their safety and well-being as they become independent adults.
Fire on the Mountain Benefit Concert
After the devastating fires of 2003 ravaged B.C.’s Interior, BCLC became a presenting sponsor of the Fire on the Mountain benefit concert to help lift spirits and rebuild communities in the months that followed.
Kamloops Canada Summer Games
In 1993 the City of Kamloops used casino revenue and BCLC sponsorship to host the Canada Summer Games and help turn around the fortunes of the area. After Kamloops had suffered through the recession of the 80s, Mayor C.G. Branchflower saw an opportunity to boost the city’s economy by marketing it as a sports tournament destination. BCLC’s president at the time, Guy Simonis, then led a bid to host the Canada Summer Games in Kamloops - which they won. BCLC was the first corporate sponsor of the Games and the partnership with Kamloops continues today.
Kamloops Neighborhoods Playgrounds
Nothing is as important as the health and well-being of a community’s youth, and the City of Kamloops is making sure its youngest generation has the opportunity to play safely and develop valuable social skills by investing in area playgrounds. Over $95,000 of the city’s share of provincial gaming revenues, generated through Lake City Casino Kamloops and Chances Kamloops, was put towards upgrades and equipment over the last several years – renovating and installing family-friendly playgrounds throughout the area.
Kamloops Public Art Installation
The City of Kamloops uses a portion of its gaming revenue funds to pay for inspiring public art installations. The iconic Oblix bronze bull, symbolizing the city’s ranching history, was brought to Riverside Park using funds generated at Lake City Casino Kamloops and Chances Kamloops.
Kamloops Rivers Trail
Hiking is one of the most popular activities amongst British Columbians. The Kamloops River Trail delivers enthusiasts with paved walkways and a 40 kilometre route along the Thompson and North Thompson River valleys. In 2013, the City of Kamloops used more than $43,000 from its share of provincial gaming revenue - generated by Lake City Casino Kamloops and Chances Kamloops – to improve signage and add floral displays to the trail.
Safety is a top priority in Kelowna, with the city investing their entire share of provincial gaming revenue, generated at Lake City Casino Kelowna and Chances Kelowna, to policing services – roughly $3.5 million last year. In turn, the 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, the Kelowna RCMP also has a program in place that acknowledges those who help deter crime and rewards them with “positive tickets.”
Local Road Improvements
Well-maintained roads are paramount to a safe and efficient community, and thanks to the City of Kamloops, nearly $700,000 of the city’s share of provincial gaming revenue was recently dedicated to street upgrades. Through repairs and construction, the funds generated by Lake City Casino Kamloops and Chances Kamloops helped to improve the local roadways for motorists and provided an influx of work for local engineers and trades.
Music in the Park
A nightly outdoor music festival that spans two months every summer brings arts to the forefront in Kamloops, providing free entertainment and a community gathering place for the city. BCLC is proud to be a major supporter of this event since its inception in 1993.
South Okanagan Events Centre
For the last five years, Penticton has been enjoying its very own premiere sports and entertainment centre. Providing home ice for the Penticton Vees, a BCHL Junior A Hockey team, and a stage for a number of international acts each year, the complex received $30 million of the City of Penticton’s share of provincial gaming revenue. Generated at the local casino, the funds have helped create a hub of entertainment and an influx of jobs to the area.
South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls (SORCO)
Since 1987, SORCO has been rehabilitating and releasing injured birds of prey in the Okanagan area. Aside from the rescues and medical care for the animals, funding through the Community Gaming Grant program also allows the organization to continue their public education on the importance of raptors to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
In 2012, Penticton residents got an edge on the competition with the city contributing $141,760 of its share of provincial gaming revenue generated by the local casino to sport field construction and maintenance.
Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour
In 1985, Rick Hansen began his epic world tour, cycling across 34 countries to raise funds to find a cure for spinal cord injury. BCLC was proud to give Rick’s cause a boost with over $5 million generated from gaming right here in his home province of B.C.