The city of Brantford, located in southwestern Ontario, Canada, has received a payment of upwards of $1.4 million for being host to OLG Casino Brantford.
Five percent of gaming revenue from slot machines from April to June this year is represented by the first-quarter revenue payment from the casino operated by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG). The city has been the recipient of non-tax gaming revenue totaling more than $66.4 million since the charity casino opened in November 1999.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario and the country’s largest granting foundation, receives a small portion of the profits from OLG Casino Brantford, and other Ontario charity casinos, which it distributes to qualified charities. In support of charities through the OTF, gaming revenue in the amount of $115 million has been allocated by the province in the 2016-17 fiscal year.
As the facility’s host, the City of Brantford also receives a small portion of the profits from the slot machines. In a news release, Dave Levac, Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP), said “OLG gaming site revenue allows host municipalities across Ontario, like Brantford, to invest in local priorities such as infrastructure and program and services that help strengthen communities,” according to the Brantford Expositor. Levac added, “The people of Brantford and Ontario also directly benefit from these funds through such public services as heath care and education.”
Created in April 2000, the OLG provides the government of Ontario with approximately $2 billion annually; its largest source of non-tax revenue, and employs more than 8,000 individuals throughout the province.
Casino Brantford is opened 24-hours a day and has more than 500 slot machines, approximately 48 table games including Blackjack, Let It Ride, Baccarat, Sic Bo, Three Card Poker, Spanish 21, Craps, and Roulette, as well as a 14-table poker room which features Texas Hold’em. The casino also has a full-service restaurant.