Where the Money Goes
This overview shows the distribution of revenues from commercial gaming
in British Columbia. Figures are for 2011/12 unless otherwise noted.
Total revenues from commercial gaming in B.C. were approximately $2.7 billion
in 2011/12. After expenses, including prize payouts, total government revenues
from gaming were about $1.11 billion.
Distribution of gaming revenue for fiscal year 2011/12
|Non-profit community organizations
|Local governments that host casinos and community gaming centres
|Local economic development projects
|Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch
|Core operations, including salaries and business expenses
|Responsible gambling education and problem gambling services
|B.C. Government programs
|Health Special Account, to support health care services and research
|Consolidated revenue fund, to support other government programs,
primarily health care and education
|Subtotal (the Province's share)
|Government of Canada transfer
|Under a federal/provincial lottery agreement
Revenue from commercial gaming in B.C.
Commercial gaming in B.C. generated about $2.7 billion dollars in 2011/12,
most of which went to prize pay outs, operator commissions and operating
and employment costs. Commercial gaming includes:
- Commercial bingo halls; and
- Community gaming centers.
Approximately 55 per cent of gross revenue from commercial gaming
goes to prize pay outs, operator commissions, and operating and employment costs.
Province's share of gaming revenue
In 2011/12, the Province received about $1.1 billion in net
gaming revenue. This revenue is used to benefit the people and communities
across British Columbia.
Revenue to community organizations
In 2011/12, the Province distributed $134.9 million in gaming grants
to approximately 5,100 community organizations.
In addition, charitable organizations earned approximately of $36.0 million
(based on reported earnings and estimated earnings) through licensed gaming activities, such as ticket raffles, independent bingos,
limited casinos, and wheels of fortune.
In total, community organizations received approximately $171.0 million
in gaming revenue from all sources in 2011/12 (based on reported earnings and estimated earnings for licensed gaming).
Combined Gaming Grant and Gaming Event Licence Reports
Gaming Grant Reports
Gaming Event Licence Reports
Revenue to host local governments
The Province shares gaming revenue with local governments that host casinos and community
gaming centres in British Columbia.
Host local governments receive ten per cent of the net casino
gaming revenue from community casinos and community gaming centres within
In 2011/12 the Province distributed $83.1 million to host local governments.
Host local governments may use this revenue for any purpose within their legal
authority, but must submit annual reports to the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch
using the Host Local Government Revenue and
Expenditure Report Form [PDF].
The reports are due on January 31.
For reports on casino gaming revenues and community gaming centre revenues shared with local governments, follow the links below.
Revenue to support horse racing
In response to declining revenues within the horse racing industry over the past decade, industry organizations requested the intervention of the provincial government in 2009 to stabilize and revitalize racing in British Columbia. The B.C. Horse Racing Industry Management Committee (HRIMC) was formed with the full authority to provide strategic direction, decision-making, and business leadership to the horse racing industry with the aim of revitalizing the industry.
As part of its commitment to the horse racing industry in B.C., the Province has provided much needed financial assistance by distributing a portion of revenue from slot machines at race tracks back to the horse racing industry. In December 2010, the government increased its annual grant to the industry to approximately $10 million.