OLG and host municipalities working to build stronger communities
OLG is proud of the support it provides to local economies in its 24 host municipalities across Ontario. In 2011-12 alone, host municipalities received more than $110 million in funds. To hear what Mayors are saying about their community’s partnership with OLG, visit the video section of this site. Over the years, host municipalities have used revenue from OLG facilities to build infrastructure, invest in culture and create local jobs. In Ajax, the town used approximately $7.4 million in contributions from OLG Slots at Ajax Downs to help build a new state-of-the-art, LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Operations Centre. Mayor Steve Parish says that, for the people of Ajax, the partnership with OLG, “gets right to the bottom line of the financial viability of our municipality and the quality of life in our municipality. So, it’s been a win-win for us and a real positive.” Since OLG Slots at Ajax Downs opened in 2006, the town has received more than $31 million from slot revenues. In Innisfil, funds from OLG Slots at Georgian Downs were used by the Town to help build a $40 million recreation complex, in addition to other capital projects. “We’ve also been able to build the town hall…some library branches have been fast-tracked, as have some fire halls,” says Mayor Barb Baguley. Since OLG Slots at Georgian Downs opened, Innisfil has received more than $45 million from slot revenues. The Town of Hanover has used revenue it has received to invest in local culture. “We really like to support culture in our town,” says Mayor Kathi Maskell, “so we renovated our century-old theatre – even used the money for new drapes, new seats, new air conditioning, and so on.” Through its “Modernizing Lottery and Gaming in Ontario” plan, OLG is taking steps to ensure the lottery and gaming industry in Ontario is sustainable and will continue to provide support to the Province and Ontario communities for future generations.