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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, 13 Host Local Governments in the Vancouver Coast and Mountains region received $67.2 million to invest in their communities through initiatives like the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant, the Richmond Olympic Oval, the Timms Community Centre in Langley, or the Queensborough Community Centre in New Westminster. To find out how Host Local Governments in the Vancouver Coast and Mountains play it forward with their share of provincial gaming revenue, see below.

Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre 

The Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre is a hub of activity in the community, hosting events, competitions and providing home ice to its own hockey league, the ACHL. The city gave the centre a boost in 2012, with an $800,000 contribution from its share of provincial gaming revenue, generated at Chances Abbotsford, going towards operating costs.

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Abbotsford Peer Support for Seniors 

The goal of the Abbotsford Peer Support Network is to offer empathy, guidance and information to in-need seniors from a group of highly trained volunteers of a similar age. Community Gaming Grant funding has helped the organization continue to educate the peer counsellor network and keep up initiatives that positively impact seniors in the community, like 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

The Al Anderson Memorial Pool and Timms Community Centre are two popular family-friendly facilities to keep Langley active and entertained. The new Timms Centre is being constructed with $11 million in funds generated at the local casino. It all helps to create a healthy community and provide a wealth of programs for all ages to enjoy.

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Alouette Rover Management Society 

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 $50,000 Community Gaming Grant in 2014 helped ensure the organization would be able continue their mission of instilling waterway health on both public and private land.

Anvil Centre

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 – with studios, a performance and lecture theatre, the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and a community art space that puts the spotlight on local artists. The venue doesn’t just provide a wealth of space for community programs, it also serves as an important pillar of the economy in the area, providing hundreds of jobs and bringing groups and conferences to the city.

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B.C. Special Olympics Opening Ceremony 

For the 648 athletes and coaches who participated in the 2003 B.C. Special Olympics Winter Games in Vancouver, the opening ceremony was a highlight of the games. BCLC was proud to sponsor this experience, thanks to players across the province.

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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.

Burke Mountain Fire Hall

The Burke Mountain Fire Hall in Coquitlam is the new home to the 16 members of Engine Company Four. The fire hall was built with the growing neighbourhood in mind and is able to accommodate two full-time emergency crews if needed. It also provides a meeting space and community board for residents in the area. The City of Coquitlam used some of its share of provincial gaming revenue to help fund the project and has been able to designate $10.6 million to be dispersed over the next several years. The funds, generated at the local casino, will help with operational costs for the facility, which opened its doors to the community in February 2015.

Burnaby Lake Rejuvenation Project 

The award-winning Burnaby Lake Rejuvenation Project helped to extensively rehabilitate 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. The City of Burnaby was able to contribute over $4 million of its share of provincial gaming revenue to the project, using the funds generated at the local casino to make Burnaby Lake a healthy ecosystem once again.

Burnaby Works Yard Redevelopment and Parkcrest Bikeway 

In 2012, the City of Burnaby used its share of provincial gaming revenue, generated at the local casino, to invest $462,041 back into the community – a massive injection into the area’s economy. Through redevelopment of the Burnaby Works Yard and the construction of Parkcrest Bikeway, Burnaby residents saw job creation and valuable resources added to the area. These projects will also contribute to the community’s quality of life for years to come – benefiting the environment and both the physical and mental health of its residents.

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.

Cloverdale Recreation Centre 

The Cloverdale Recreation Centre received $13,501,981 (of the $19,226,238 building costs) from the City of Surrey’s share of provincial gaming revenue generated by Fraser Downs Casino. The rec centre 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.

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Columbus Resident Musical Therapy 

Columbus Residence is a long-term care facility in Vancouver that is home to 76 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.

Coquitlam Search and Rescue

The Coquitlam-based volunteer rescue organization responds to approximately 35 incidents per year. Carrying out rescue operations in a variety of terrains – including mountain, avalanche, swift water and urban areas – the team is raising money for a new mobile command centre to aid in their response to emergency calls. A $150,000 Community Gaming Grant pushed the group to 75% of their $407,000 goal.

Engineering Operations and Road Improvements 

Langley residents are getting a smoother commute, thanks to the City of Langley injecting over $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 infuse the economy and create jobs in the area as well.

Molson Indy Sponsor

In 2003, Sports Action took to the streets of Vancouver as a Molson Indy sponsor. The iconic racing event turned the downtown core into a world-class racetrack that drew tourists from around the world - and brought jobs to the city.

Music ‘91

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.

Queensborough Community Centre

With its gym, community kitchen, library and art gallery, 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 provincial gaming revenue generated by Starlight Casino to expand the centre by 50%.

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Pacific Assistance Dogs Society 

Based in Burnaby, B.C., the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society has been training specialized service dogs to support people with disabilities for more than 25 years. The volunteer-based program, which raises and matches the dogs with Western Canadian residents who have physical limitations or are hard of hearing, received a Community Gaming Grant in 2006 to ensure they can continue to support their clients’ independence.

Parks Infrastructure

Keeping community green space safe, plentiful and well maintained is a top priority for the City of New Westminster, with over $1.3 million going toward parks infrastructure in 2011 alone. The Queensborough Perimeter Trail is one of the projects where the city used its share of provincial gaming revenue generated at the local casino. With its river vistas and wheelchair accessibility, the trail helps promote active living and active transportation in the area.

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 was able to commit $50 million of its share of provincial gaming revenue from River Rock Casino Resort, which helped with the initial 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.

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.

Spirit of Coquitlam Grant 2015

A strong community is a happy community. The Spirit of Coquitlam Grant provides annual grants to non-profit community organizations. Sports and art programs, events and festivals, and community capital projects, all benefit from the grants that are funded through the city, using its share of provincial gaming revenue generated at the local casino. Since 2002, the city has awarded $6.95 million to over 180 different organizations through the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program.

Symphony in the Park 

Classical music meets nature with Symphony in the Park, a free concert series featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In 2002, BCLC presented the event, which brought the symphony out of the theatre and into Vancouver’s beautiful landscape for the entire community to enjoy.

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The Stone Soup Society 

With the goal of shifting societal misconceptions and decreasing homelessness, the Stone Soup Society affects tangible changes in the community through education and collaboration. The District of Mission supports this initiative by allocating a portion of its share of provincial gaming revenue generated by Chances Mission.

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Whalley Little League 

The Whalley Little League received a boost in 2011, with a Community Gaming Grant providing funds to support the program. The league offers local kids structure and teaches them life skills on and off the field – encouraging teamwork and dedication in one of the city’s vulnerable demographics. The teams provide a safe and supportive environment for youth, creating a community and providing an alternative to participating in at-risk behaviour.