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BCLC and Expo ‘86

When was BCLC founded?

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) was created in 1985 with the goal of benefiting British Columbians by delivering gambling revenue back to the province to support provincial programs and communities. 

Previously, lotteries in the province were run by the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC), a non-profit organization based in Alberta authorized to manage, conduct and operate lottery and gaming-related activities in several provinces and territories.

BCLC began as a lottery-only business featuring two weekly games and a mandate to generate extra funding for Expo ‘86. Through the Provincial Government, $250 million of lottery revenue was earmarked for the staging of Expo ’86 and $20 million of lottery monies helped make the B.C. Pavilion a centrepiece for the event.

As the first initiative that lottery revenue helped fund, Expo ‘86 created jobs in the Province and supported the construction of the SkyTrain, BC Place and the Expo Centre (now known as Science World). This world fair put Vancouver on the map and created a lasting legacy, establishing the city as a prosperous world-class metropolis.

Revenue generated by BCLC continues to go back to the Province of B.C. to help support healthcare, education and community organizations.

BCLC: serving the best interests of our players and our communities

Expo ’86 was just the beginning; to date, BCLC has delivered more than $26 billion in net income to the province generated by lottery, online gambling, casinos and sports-betting. These funds have supported communities through provincial programs and services, charities and major events to help shape B.C. since 1985.

Learn more about how BCLC-generated gambling revenue supports communities in B.C.:



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