Ontario’s first lottery launched in May 1975. Since then, OLG has been giving back to the province, communities and people of Ontario — it’s the reason we exist.
Through our operations, we are making Ontario stronger by providing billions of dollars in revenue to support government priorities. OLG also shares revenue with the municipalities that host our casinos, which they invest in priorities that help strengthen their communities. In addition, since the launch of OLG’s modernization, which saw private service providers take over the operation of casinos, hundreds of millions of dollars in new capital investments have been made by the private sector in gaming sites across the province, which has created hundreds of new gaming and non-gaming jobs.
OLG supports many local festivals and events across Ontario each year through our Community Sponsorship Program and we provide $10 million in annual proceeds to support amateur athletes through the Quest for Gold Program. Also, OLG’s Charitable Gaming Centres support thousands of Ontario charities that are delivering critical services in their local communities and improving the lives of thousands of people across the province.
What We’ve Achieved
Here’s a snapshot of our economic impact in fiscal 2019-20:
Net profit to the province
These funds are directed by the Government of Ontario to provincial priorities. Since the start of OLG's modernization, this amount has grown by more than 22 per cent, from $1.9 billion in fiscal 2011-12 to $2.3 billion in fiscal 2019-20.
In support for local economies
This includes $965 million for the employment of 16,800 people at OLG, including $594 million for employees at Land-based Gaming sites operated by service providers. This support also includes $152 million in payments to the Ontario First Nations through the Gaming Revenue Sharing and Financial Agreement.
For corporate responsibility
This includes $51 million in Charitable Gaming proceeds for participating local charities and $2 million in corporate sponsorships including festivals and events.
Plus: More than $2.3 billion in lottery prizes to players.