Thanks to our players more than $23 billion has been delivered to support communities, provincial programs and services, charities and major events that have helped shape B.C.
Burnaby Festivals and Events
The City of Burnaby uses a portion of its provincial gaming revenue to support a number of festivals and events throughout the community. One event supported that received funding is the Giro Di Burnaby, the fast and exciting professional criterium cycling race which is part of the larger BC Superweek Pro Cycling Series. This event brings the streets of Burnaby Heights to life, and features pro men's and women's teams from around the world.
Last year, the City of New Westminster received more than $6 million for hosting Starlight Casino to fund local projects and initiatives such as the Q to Q Pilot Ferry service. The Q to Q ferry provides a link between the New Westminster Quay and the Queensborough neighbourhood, one of the fastest growing communities in New Westminster.
The City of Coquitlam provides annual grants to non-profit, community-based organizations through the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program. Funding for this is derived from Casino Host Agreement revenue. Since 2002, the City has awarded $8.45 million to over 200 different organizations, such as the Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Society. The Society supports various initiatives, including their flagship Nutritional Breakfast and Snack Program. Meals and snacks are delivered by volunteers in several elementary schools across Coquitlam.
For more than 26 years, BCLC has been a proud sponsor of Music in the Park, Canada’s longest-running free music festival. Providing residents and tourists alike with exceptional performances from talented local, national and international artists.
BCLC’s 7th Annual Midsummer Music Jam was held on Wednesday, July 24 featuring award-winning Canadian country band The Washboard Union.
Hiking is one of the most popular activities amongst British Columbians. The Kamloops Rivers Trail is a diverse urban trail that runs 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 Cascades Casino Kamloops and Chances Kamloops – to improve signage and add floral displays along the trail.
Provincial gaming revenue brings the Vancouver Island communities together in many ways, particularly through fitness, wellness and sports. By hosting Elements Casino, the Town of View Royal received $4.6 million in provincial gaming revenue in 2019. One funding recipient was West Shore Parks and Recreation, which improved the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, so residents can be healthy and active. BCLC is also a proud sponsor of the Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club.
In 2018, the City of Nanaimo received $2.8 million for hosting Chances Nanaimo to fund local projects and initiatives. The Nanaimo Arts Council was just one recipient that continues to inspire and support the community with exhibitions, programs and advocacy.
The annual Victoria Symphony Splash, featuring music from the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, is another flagship event proudly supported by BCLC.
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