SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued fourth-quarter (January to March, 2016) non-tax gaming revenue payments totaling $20,184,541 to 22 municipalities which currently host OLG facilities. To date, host municipalities have received more than $1.2 billion in non-tax gaming revenue.
“OLG gaming site revenue provided to host municipalities helps communities invest in infrastructure projects and important local programs and services which benefit Ontario families,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Finance. “Along with supporting local development, these funds directly benefit vital public services such as health care and education in communities across Ontario.”
These payments are made under an equitable formula in the Municipality Contribution Agreement that determines the funds municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility and are based on an escalating scale of gaming revenue that is consistent across all sites in Ontario.
At approximately $2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization will help OLG provide more money to Ontario for hospitals and other government priorities.
In fiscal 2015-2016, the province allocated $115 million in gaming revenue to support charities through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Every year, the Government of Ontario allocates funding to the province’s problem gambling program for research, treatment and prevention. The amount for fiscal 2015-2016 was $38 million.
OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is leading the integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research.
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