BCLC is proud to give back to the citizens of B.C. and help communities grow. Revenue generated by gambling goes back to the Province of B.C. and is distributed in a variety of ways, including to communities through Host Local Government payments and the Province of B.C.’s Community Gaming Grants program.
In 2022/23, Grand Villa Casino contributed to the Burnaby community and economy in a variety of ways. Here are just a few.
The Laurel Street Works Yard Redevelopment Project
In 2021, the City of Burnaby allocated $32.5 million in provincial gambling revenue that it received for hosting Grand Villa Casino to finance upgrading and replacement of the existing Laurel Street Works Yard.
The redeveloped Laurel Street Works Yard serves as the central facility for Public Works, Waterworks and Sanitary Sewer Programs, Garage, Trade Shops and Maintenance Operations. Furthermore, it is home to the City’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) which is built to withstand major earthquakes.
Bob Prittie Metrotown Library Renovation
In 2022, the City of Burnaby allocated its share of provincial gambling revenue from hosting Grand Villa Casino to several large-scale, multi-year community projects. The City utilized nearly $2.5 million of gambling revenue to commence with the first phase of the Bob Prittie Metrotown Library renovation. This phase includes the conversion of storage space into new public areas, renovation of the existing atrium and other public spaces, as well as the addition and renovation of washrooms within the library.
A Loving Spoonful
Each month, employees at Grand Villa Casino vote on a charity to receive a $1,000 donation. As well, volunteers from Grand Villa donate their time to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and A Loving Spoonful, distributing more than 500 meals to those in the community living with HIV and co-existing illnesses, those who are experiencing crisis, and other vulnerable groups.
Did you know?
With its partner, Chop Value, Grand Villa Casino is redefining waste one chopstick at a time. Chop Value takes disposable chopsticks that are destined for the landfill and gives them new life. The used chopsticks are turned into tables, tiles and other furniture and decor pieces. Since joining the program in November 2021, Grand Villa has diverted 687.9kg of waste from landfills and offset 315kg of CO2 emissions.
Community Impact Report 2022/23
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