Where the money goes

Did you know? We’re a lot more than lotto. Funds generated by lottery, casinos and sports-betting go back to the Province to help support healthcare, education and community programs all across B.C.

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Net income from gambling

In 2021/22, thanks to our players, BCLC generated $1.3 billion in net income for the Province of B.C., which distributed it in many ways to benefit British Columbians:

$147.2

million

Provincial Health Special Account

To support health initiatives, including new hospitals, facility upgrades and community health programs.

$139.8

million

Community Gaming Grants

To support a range of non-profit organizations in their delivery of ongoing community programs and services.

$826.9

million

Province of B.C. General Revenue Distribution

To fund public programs and services, including education.

$15.9

million

Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch

To regulate all gambling in British Columbia, ensure the integrity of gambling industry companies, people and equipment and investigate allegations of wrongdoing.

$4.5

million

Responsible Gambling Strategy

To promote responsible gambling through public awareness and education, treatment and prevention, research, training, evaluation and policy development. BCLC also dedicates a portion of its budget to advance its player health programs that encourage healthy play and improve the safety of products, environments and service for our players.

$91.2

million

First Nations Revenue Sharing

To distribute a seven per cent share of gambling revenue to First Nations governments throughout the Province of B.C. as part of the Province’s commitment to reconciliation.

$66.9

million

Host Local Government payments

To provide local B.C. governments that host a gaming facility with a 10 per cent share of the net revenue those facilities generate.

$7.1

million

Horse racing purse enhancements

To support the Province’s partnership with the horse racing community.

$3.0

million

Joint Illegal Gaming Investigation Team (JIGIT)

To fund the police and the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch investigative team to maintain the integrity of public gambling in British Columbia.

In addition to the above, $11.2 million was distributed to the Government of Canada.

Learn more about our impact in your community

Since 1985, players just like you have helped shaped B.C. See how funds generated from gambling have helped support local communities.

Featured community stories

Spread the Local Love

As we saw the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic had across our province, BCLC remained committed to supporting communities throughout B.C. For two weeks in February 2021, BCLC teamed up with 10 charitable organizations to launch a unique online fundraising experience, “Spread the Local Love”. The campaign supported local businesses and charitable organizations in municipalities across the province.

Victoria Hospitals Foundations

BCLC was proud to support Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s 2020 Visionary initiative, a unique campaign held in lieu of the annual Visions Gala fundraiser, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BCLC has proudly supported the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and the Vancouver Island communities since 1991 and the Visions Gala since 2016.

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

In December 2021, BCLC presented the virtual broadcast of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Christmas with the KSO” concert. BCLC has been proudly supporting the arts community in Kamloops since 1985.