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Learn how skill and knowledge factor into games of chance

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Finding Help

If you find yourself gambling too much, or if it no longer feels like a game, there’s help if you need it.

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Vancouver Island & Coast

Each year, local governments that host a gaming facility receive a 10% share of the net income those facilities generate. Last year, six Host Local Governments in the Vancouver Island and Coast region received $5.29 million to invest in community projects, like the Nanaimo District Museum, policing in Courtenay, community grants in Campbell River, and library services in View Royal. To find out how Host Local Governments on the Vancouver Island and Coast 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.

Campbell Rover Lacrosse Box

Completed in 2011, the Campbell River Minor Lacrosse Association undertook the project of building a fully equipped lacrosse box at Robron Park, furnished with an automated scoreboard and web-enabled camera. The City of Campbell River invested $92,873 of its share of provincial gaming revenue, generated at Chances Campbell River, into the construction, which helped get it up and running for the talented resident players.

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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 Cridge Centre for the Family

The Cridge Centre for the Family assists residents from all walks of life throughout the Greater Victoria area. With facilities that deliver a wide range of services, such as general child care, a residence for survivors of brain injuries, assisted living for seniors, and even respite care for children with disabilities, the Cridge organization is an important and valued resource for the community. The funding the group receives through Community Gaming Grants means it is able to continue its essential work in Victoria and offer local residents necessary support and guidance.

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.

Nanaimo District Museum

Nanaimo is B.C.’s third oldest city and its rich history is brought to the forefront at the District Museum. Home of the Bastion, a Hudson’s Bay Company outpost originally constructed in 1853 and the first B.C. heritage building to be preserved when threatened by demolition, the organization works to highlight Nanaimo’s colourful history to visitors. In 2012, the City of Nanaimo infused the museum with $100,000 of its share of provincial gaming revenue, generated at the local casino to ensure the museum could keep its permanent collections and special exhibits open to the public, and continue sharing the stories of the area’s early settlers.

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Nanaimo Marine Rescue Society 

The volunteer-based Nanaimo Marine Rescue Society responds to hundreds of marine emergencies on Vancouver Island each year. A Community Gaming Grant funded the construction of a new “ready room” and boathouse so they are better equipped to respond to calls 24 hours a day.

Providence Farm

Providence Farm, part organic farm and part therapeutic community in Duncan, offers a safe environment for adults and seniors with mental, physical and age-related challenges to cultivate skills and build confidence. Each week 180 spaces are available in programs like horticulture, art, woodworking, nutrition, and even small engine repair. The farm provides a nurturing environment for participants to work, learn and become part of a tight-knit community.

RCMP in Courtenay 

A safe community is a top priority for the City of Courtenay. It’s one of the reasons why some of its share of provincial gaming revenue from Chances Courtenay goes toward funding the RCMP, including bringing more officers to the streets.

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.

Tiilicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre Youth Safe House

The Nanaimo area’s only emergency youth shelter received funds from the city’s share of provincial gaming revenue, which allowed them to add additional support for troubled teens seeking help. The shelter, part of the Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre, has not been able to run at full capacity due to a lack of resources and staff. An $80,000 contribution of funds generated at the local casino has ensured the facility can open its doors to twice as many kids in the coming year.

View Royal 

The Greater Victoria Public Library aims to inspire literacy, lifelong learning and community enrichment. Thanks to players at the View Royal Casino, the town is able to use its share of provincial gaming revenue to help fund library services and maintenance for Greater Victoria's 10 public library branches.

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View Royal – Implementation of View Royal Park Plan 

In the community, View Royal Park is treasured by walkers, joggers and dog owners alike. The town of View Royal allocated $70,000 of its share of provincial gaming revenue from the View Royal Casino to fund the implementation of the View Royal Park Plan – a 15-year collaborative master plan to enhance the park's facilities.