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Saanich and Victoria Move to Next Phase in the Expression of Interest Process

14/04/2016

BCLC has concluded the first phase of the Expression of Interest process to determine which local governments will move to the next stage to be considered a potential host community for a gaming facility. The District of Saanich and the City of Victoria will proceed to the next phase following the evaluation of all Expressions of Interest received.  BCLC will work with these two local governments in order to gather further information and reach a decision on the preferred local government.

BCLC appreciates the participation of the Esquimalt First Nation, Songhees First Nation and the Township of Esquimalt which each submitted an expression of interest and will meet with these municipalities to review the results of the assessment and reasons why they will not proceed in the process.

An evaluation team, overseen by a third-party fairness monitor, scored each of the submissions, based on criteria related to community support, geographic, economic and demographic considerations.

BCLC respects the authority of local governments to choose whether they want a gaming facility in their community. An announcement will be made when the second phase concludes and a preferred host local government is selected.

Based on a recent market assessment, BCLC identified a marketplace opportunity for an additional gaming facility in Greater Victoria that would complement the existing View Royal Casino.  An EOI process was launched in October 2015 with six local governments to determine gaming interest in their communities. The application deadline to be considered a host local government was December 11, 2015. BCLC received Expressions of Interest from the City of Victoria, District of Saanich, Township of Esquimalt, Esquimalt First Nation and Songhees First Nation. The District of Oak Bay declined. 

BACKGROUNDER

Gaming Facility Expression of Interest in Greater Victoria

BCLC has concluded the first phase of the Expression of Interest process to determine which local governments will move to the next stage to be considered a potential host community for a gaming facility. 

The District of Saanich and the City of Victoria will proceed to the next phase following the evaluation of all expressions of interest received. BCLC will work with these two local governments in order to gather further information and reach a decision on the preferred local government.

As part of phase two, BCLC is providing additional information about the proposed size and scope of a gaming facility including: 

  • Differences between casinos and community gaming centres
  • Land requirements for a gaming facility;
  • A potential range of the number of slot machines and table games at the facility;
  • Site revenue projections, and potential revenue from gaming to the host local government.

Type of Gaming Facility

There are two types of gaming facilities that could be located in the Greater Victoria area:

Community Gaming Centre

A combination of bingo (or electronic bingo), slot machines, traditional lottery products, restaurant, lounge, teletheatre and a small stage for live entertainment performances.

Casino

A full-service gambling entertainment facility with slot machines and table games. Additional amenities at casinos may include restaurants, lounge, theatre, conference centre, hotel, spa and a stage area for live entertainment performance.

Size and Scope of Gaming Facility

Any land sites being considered for a gaming facility must satisfy the following requirements:

  • The gaming floor being considered is in the range of 15,000 to 30,000 square feet.
  • The physical space of the entire facility, including amenities is yet to be determined.
  • A minimum of 400 parking stalls.

An important determinant in choosing a gaming facility site is the minimizing of any impact on surrounding gaming facilities, e.g. the View Royal Casino. Drive times from the View Royal Casino may be considered in the evaluation of potential location.

The type and size of gaming facility will be determined by BCLC and take into consideration municipal government input.

Estimated Annual Revenue Potential

  • The revenue potential of the facility is $30 million to $45 million.
  • Local governments that host a gaming facility receive a 10 per cent share of the net income generated by that facility. The resulting host local government revenue potential would be approximately $1.8 million to $2.5 million annually.
  • The potential annual revenue to BCLC from slot machines ranges between $30 and $40 million.
  • The potential annual revenue from table games is $1 to $5 million.
  • The final number of slot machines and table games will be determined by BCLC, taking into consideration market conditions at the time and any restrictions imposed by the host local government.

About BCLC

BCLC is a provincial Crown corporation offering socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating more than $1 billion in provincial revenue last year that went back into health care, education and community groups across B.C.

For casino gaming, BCLC is responsible for monitoring the gambling market in B.C. and determining the appropriate supply of gaming to meet demand. This includes determining whether there is a demand for a gaming facility in a given area, as well as what and how many products (slot machines, table games) would appropriately serve that market.                        

BCLC contracts with private sector companies which either own or lease the facilities and operate them on BCLC’s behalf. They hire the staff and provide day-to-day operations. They sign operating agreements with BCLC and receive commissions based on the gambling revenue the facilities generate.

BCLC owns and deploys the gaming equipment, such as playing cards, shufflers, chips, dice, and slot machines. We set and oversee operating standards, policies, and procedures, including security, surveillance, and responsible gambling. We monitor our operators to ensure they comply with these standards, as well as with legislation, regulations, and federal laws.

Every gaming worker, including BCLC staff and those employed by our private sector service providers, must be registered by our regulator, the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch.

 

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BCLC Media Relations

604-225-6460

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