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BCLC & Kamloops 35-Year Anniversary

BCLC has proudly called the City of Kamloops home since its inception in 1985.

In 2020, BCLC released an economic impact report to demonstrate the value it has created in the Kamloops community over the past 35 years.

Last year, the Province of B.C. allocated $2.79 million in BCLC-generated funds to 105 Kamloops organizations, including those in the human and social services sector, public safety, sports, and the arts through the Community Gaming Grant program.

Additionally, the revenue generated from Chances Kamloops and Cascades Casino Kamloops goes back into the community to support an array of organizations, events and community amenities. Everything from public safety initiatives to public art is positively impacted.

The study, developed by Thomson Rivers University and inclusive of local, social and economic factors, helps BCLC understand how it can continue to make meaningful and sustainable contributions in the community for years to come.

Here are some key highlights from the report: 

  • BCLC activities enabled $373 million in social contributions to the Kamloops community since 1985.

  • For every two full-time equivalent jobs at the BCLC Kamloops office, one full-time equivalent job is created in the community from economic spin-off.
  • The number of full-time employees at BCLC’s Kamloops office increased from 117 in 1985 to 445 in 2020, a 4.1% average annual growth rate, making it the seventh largest employer in Kamloops.
  • BCLC has spent $232 million in the last 35 years on goods and services from local Kamloops suppliers.
  • Over the past two decades, the Province of British Columbia has shared $153 million in gambling revenue directly with the City of Kamloops and Kamloops based not-for-profits through Host Local Government payments and the Community Gaming Grants program. These funds have supported projects like the downtown streetscape, improved pedestrian pathways, and upgrades to the Sandman Centre and Hillside Stadium.
  • On average, BCLC Kamloops employees volunteered 52 hours annually, totalling approximately 475,659 hours over the last 35 years.

With a steadfast commitment to generating win-wins for the greater good, BCLC evaluates its decisions and considers all impacts on individuals, institutions, communities, and our planet. BCLC continuously works to live up to its social purpose, helping local communities, including Kamloops, thrive and develop for years to come.

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