Since 1975, OLG has provided over $36 billion to the province and the people of Ontario. For the past seven years, OLG’s annual contribution of $1.7 billion to $2.0 billion has helped support health care and education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling, amateur sport through the QUEST FOR GOLD program, and local and provincial charities through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
In addition to OLG’s payments to the province there are also several direct beneficiaries of gaming proceeds, including 24 host municipalities and Ontario First Nations.
Lottery and gaming also contributes to the economy in a number of ways. In 2011-12, OLG operations generated $3.7 billion* in total economic activity in Ontario.
Contribution to the Province = $1.9 billion
- $1.7 billion – Hospitals, health-related programs and other provincial priorities
- $120 million – Gaming proceeds distributed through the Ontario Trillium Foundation to local and provincial charities
- $10 million – Support for amateur athletes through the QUEST FOR GOLD program
Corporate Responsibility = $65 million
- $53.9 million – Partnering with the Province in the education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling
- $8.4 million – Charitable Gaming proceeds distributed to participating local charities
- $2.3 million – Sponsorship of community festivals and events
Support for Local Economies = $1.7 billion
- $950.6 million – Payroll for more than 17,850 employees across the Province (includes employees of OLG’s Resort Casinos and the Great Blue Heron Slot Machine Facility)
- $347.3 million – Payments to Ontario’s horse racing industry**
- $222.2 million – Commissions paid to lottery retailers
- $112.3 million – Payments to municipalities that host OLG gaming facilities, including Resort Casinos and Charitable Gaming Centres
- $62.6 million – Goods and services purchased from local Ontario businesses to support OLG activities***
*based on the period April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012
** This program will end on March 31, 2013.
***excludes Resort Casinos