OLG doles out $1.65M to C-K

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Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation staff hand over the 2024 instalment for being the host community for Gateway’s Cascades Casino Chatham to municipal officials.

Municipal officials recently accepted more than $1.65 million from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

The funds, $1,652,698 to be exact, are the 2024 instalment of host community funding from the OLG. Chatham-Kent is home to Gateway’s Cascades Casino in Chatham.

Since opening the Dresden Slots back in 2001, the OLG has sent the municipality nearly $17.8 million.

Each year, these funds help offset the costs of all municipally delivered services, as well as fund municipal grants, support for community groups, events, public art, and community initiatives, C-K officials said in a media release.

“OLG is proud to be a vital part of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent,” said Kathleen Devine, OLG’s senior municipal relations manager, in the release. “Each and every year, 100 per cent of OLG profits are reinvested in Ontario to support provincial priorities. From critical infrastructure to important local programs, to community festivals, OLG’s profits are hard at work in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and all across our province to build stronger communities.”

Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff said the level of support never ceases to surprise him.

“I’m continuously blown away by the funds that we receive through our partnership with OLG. These funds represent a significant investment in our community and help fund many of the great things we’re seeing come to fruition throughout C-K,” he said. “I want to thank OLG for the important role they play in supporting our community.

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