SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has issued a fourth quarter (January 1 to March 31, 2020) non-tax gaming revenue payment of $296,980 to the City of Sault Ste. Marie for hosting Gateway Casinos – Sault Ste. Marie.
Acting together on the advice of public health authorities, OLG and its service providers temporarily closed all casinos in Ontario on March 16, 2020. The casino closures remain in effect until it is safe to resume operations.
“During these unprecedented times, it is important that we all come together as a community and support one another,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “This contribution from OLG to our City will allow for continued investment in our community. Fighting COVID-19 requires a united effort from all of us, and I know that because of the strength and resilience of our community we will emerge stronger than ever.”
OLG makes payments to host communities under the Municipality Contribution Agreements, using a prescribed formula consistently applied across all sites in Ontario that is based on a graduated scale of gaming revenue at the hosted site or sites. Due to the temporary closure of all gaming sites, this quarter’s payment was impacted by approximately 15 days’ worth of revenue and OLG expects the July 2020 payment will also be impacted.
In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the City of Sault Ste. Marie received a total of $1,428,879. Life to date, Sault Ste. Marie has received more than $31 million in non-tax gaming revenue.
OLG is a crown agency that develops world-class gaming entertainment for the Province of Ontario. Acting in a socially responsible way, OLG conducts and manages land-based gaming facilities; the sale of province-wide lottery games; PlayOLG Internet gaming; and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres. OLG is also helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided more than $52 billion to the people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health care; the treatment and prevention of problem gambling; and support for amateur athletes. Each year, proceeds from OLG’s operations also support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery retailers and local charities across the province.