City and OLG Partnership Continues to Invest in Greater Sudbury
The City of Greater Sudbury recognized Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) for its continued investment in the community at a presentation prior to tonight’s City Council meeting.
More than $2 million was received from OLG in Fiscal 2019, revenue generated from Gateway Casinos Sudbury, formerly OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs. In total, since amalgamation in 2001, the City of Greater Sudbury has received more than $42 million in non-tax gaming revenue for hosting the gaming facility in Azilda.
“Thank you to our OLG partners for their continued support,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “Last year, the revenue generated from this agreement contributed to several important community projects including road improvements on Lorne Street, roof replacements at the Dowling Leisure Centre and Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre and supports Council’s priority of strengthening partnerships to help grow municipal services in our community.”
Other community projects that were supported by the revenue agreement between the City and OLG include improvements at the Azilda and Hanmer landfill sites, and the replacement of one pumper fire engine.
“OLG is proud to be a vital part of the City of Greater Sudbury for more than 20 years and we look forward to continuing to build on that support”, said Jake Pastore, OLG’s Director of Municipal and Community Relations. “Each and every year 100 per cent of OLG proceeds are invested in Ontario. From healthcare, to education, to community festivals, OLG proceeds are hard at work in Sudbury and all across our province. And, we appreciate the contribution of gaming site employees in making life in Sudbury that much richer.”
The payment from OLG’s community enhancement project is established through a formula outlined in the Municipality Contribution Agreement, which determines the amount municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility. The amount received in Greater Sudbury is based on an escalating scale of gaming revenue consistent across all sites in the province.
This initiative supports the 2019-2027 City of Greater Sudbury Strategic Plan to maximize the value of intergovernmental partnerships to support community infrastructure goals.
Photo caption: Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger; Jen Burke, Guest Services Manager, Gateway Casinos Sudbury; Tyjondah Kerr, Senior Municipal Relations Manager of Corporate Affairs, OLG; Ed Stankiewicz, Executive Director of Finance, Assets and Fleet, City of Greater Sudbury.