Each year, local governments that host a gaming facility receive a 10% share of the net income those facilities generate. Last year, two Host Local Governments in the Kootenay Rockies region received $1.6 million to invest in community projects, grants, infrastructure, road work, policing, and more. To find out how the City of Castlegar and the Ktunaxa Nation Council 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.
The Ktunaxa Nation, Samson Cree and Mnjikaning First Nation came together to develop the St. Eugene golf course, the Casino of the Rockies and the resort hotel. The Ktunaxa Nation uses its share of provincial gaming revenue from the local casino to improve the resort, attracting more tourism to the area. The resort also provides employment for the local community, with a quarter of the employees being of First Nation descent.
The Province of B.C.’s Music ’91 initiative brought high-profile acts to communities large and small during B.C.’s Year of Music. The touring festival, sponsored by BCLC, took an impressive lineup of performers – from Canadian favourites Rita MacNeil and BTO to the legendary Johnny Cash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – to every corner of B.C., letting British Columbians enjoy the acts regardless of the size of their community.
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.