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 $1.5 million to invest in community projects, grants, infrastructure, road work, policing and more.
The following stories provide just a snapshot of the many ways that host communities in the Kootenay Rockies play it forward and benefit from gaming revenues.
The Ktunaxa Nation, Samson Cree and Mnjikaning First Nation came together to develop the St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino. The Ktunaxa Nation uses its share of provincial gaming revenue from the local casino to improve the resort, thereby attracting more tourism to the area. The resort also provides employment for the local community, with a quarter of employees being of First Nation descent
BCLC 2010 Winter Games Dome
With B.C.’s Lower Mainland being the main hub for the 2010 Olympic excitement, BCLC sponsored a travelling, multi-sensory experience to bring the excitement and spirit of the Olympic Winter Games to people all over the province, regardless of location.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is dedicated to achieving its vision of having “healthy people in a healthy society” through a number of initiatives supported by the Province of B.C.’s 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 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 – including Rita MacNeil, BTO, 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.