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 2021/22, Casino Nanaimo contributed to the Nanaimo community and economy in a variety of ways. Here are just a few.



in provincial gambling revenue shared with the City of Nanaimo for hosting Casino Nanaimo since opening in 1998



in provincial gambling revenue shared with the City of Nanaimo for hosting Casino Nanaimo in 2021/22

Community Stories

Bike lane

Strategic Infrastructure Reserve

In 2021, the City of Nanaimo allocated its share of provincial gambling revenue from hosting Casino Nanaimo to the Strategic Infrastructure Reserve (SIR), and toward reducing property taxes. The SIR provides funding for a variety of initiatives and capital infrastructure projects that contribute to the community. 

In 2021, $778,691 from the SIR funded transportation improvements including intersection upgrades and flashers to increase pedestrian visibility and comfort, traffic signal accessibility improvements, sidewalks, and a cycling lane. 

In 2022, the SIR will assist in funding additional transportation projects, the multiyear project for the Harewood Artificial Turf Fields, training of additional firefighters to Emergency Medical Responder, and the Community Clean Team which focuses on increasing the cleanliness of public spaces in the downtown and parks.

Loaves and Fishes

Local Love BC: Loaves & Fishes Food Bank

BCLC launched a unique fundraising experience that had double impact in communities across B.C. The campaign supported businesses and Food Banks, across the province, in select municipalities. In Nanaimo, the campaign supported the Loaves & Fishes Food Bank. Its successful Food 4U Food Recovery Program partners with local grocers to make sure perishable food is not going to waste. 

Did you know?

In 2021, Casino Nanaimo donated $20,000 to community-focused organizations. This includes donations to the Nanaimo Foodshare Society, Vancouver Island Mental Health Society, Kw’umut Lelum Foundation and the Nanaimo Child Development Centre.

Community Impact Report 2021

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