Community-based legacy projects have provided important milestones in the company’s history as well as leaving a positive imprint on many of the communities where Great Canadian gaming properties are located.
Listed are some of the legacy projects that Great Canadian has either initiated, supported or been involved with:
In 2004, Great Canadian invested approximately $5 million in civil engineering upgrades that included road work and a new rail crossing located around the River Rock Casino Resort. This area has continued to develop and the road work has been invaluable infrastructure for the businesses and residents located in the immediate vicinity of the facility. Additionally, Great Canadian also developed the boardwalk that follows the Fraser River and is available for public use.
On August 17, 2009, in partnership with Translink, the City of Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport, Great Canadian officially opened the park and ride lot at the Bridgeport Canada Line mass transit station. This was a public-private partnership between the above mentioned partners which resulted in approximately 1,200 parking stalls located on the River Rock Casino Resort property. Since its construction, it has quickly evolved into a key transportation hub for the Canada Line and the Coast Mountain Bus Authority, as well as the City of Richmond.
In both the Town of View Royal and the District of Maple Ridge, Great Canadian donated portions of the company’s property for community park space, as well as invested in new road work within the vicinity of both properties.
In Maple Ridge, nature trails have been developed and a water feature with cascading pools runs between the building and 227th street beside the sidewalk. In addition, the parking lots in Maple Ridge are depressed so that they collect the surface rain runoff and filter it before it is discharged into the storm system. Both sides of 227th street contain a bio-swale, which is a drainage canal planted with semi-aquatic vegetation. The associated cost with all of the above mentioned work in Maple Ridge was covered by Great Canadian.
On April 1 2011, Hastings Racecourse opened the Hastings Park Childcare Centre, which is operated by the Kiwassa Neighbourhood House. As part of the lease for the Hastings Racecourse facility from the City of Vancouver, Great Canadian committed to the construction of a child care facility for use by the residents of the immediate neighborhood. The facility was constructed right on the Hastings Racecourse grounds, at a cost a cost of approximately $4.4 million. Moreover, the company helps pay for the cost of the operation of the child care facility, which equates to approximately $200,000 annually.
As part of the lease for the Hastings Racecourse facility from the City of Vancouver, Great Canadian committed to annual payments of $500,000 in greening fees to be invested in the redevelopment of the Hastings Park grounds in east Vancouver
In 2006, the company committed $500,000 to fund the reconstruction of a lawn bowling facility in the City of Coquitlam.
In 2008, the company contributed $1 million, over five years, to the capital and operational costs of the CanAssist Centre at the University of Victoria. CanAssist is a program that helps people with disabilities by developing innovative technologies and programs where there are gaps in existing services.
As part of the acquisition of the gaming operations in Maple Ridge and Chilliwack, the company committed to performance-based payments to the charitable associations that sold the operations to Great Canadian in both communities. In Maple Ridge, that means further financial support for 38 non-profit associations in the community, and 49 in the Chilliwack community, for a twenty year period.
As part of Sonco Gaming’s entry into the Moncton community with the development of Casino New Brunswick, the company agreed to commit $100,000 per year, from 2012 to 2016, to Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University for an Artist in Residency program. Great Canadian inherited that agreement when the company purchased Casino New Brunswick from Sonco Gaming in 2015.
In May 2016, Chances Chilliwack presented $348,000 to the Knight Road Legacy Association (KRLA) as their annual share of the operation’s proceeds. This payment is part of a 20 year agreement to provide financial support to the KRLA, comprised of 49 charity organizations that were the original owners and operators of Chilliwack Bingo. Over the four years since payments commenced, Chances Chilliwack has paid a total of $943,000 to the KRLA.
Casino Nova Scotia has long been a patron for both established musicians and emerging acts making their mark in the community. As a long-time supporter of east coast music, Casino Nova Scotia wanted to establish a space that celebrates and showcases the region’s rich cultural and musical heritage. In October 2015, Casino Nova Scotia Halifax opened the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame and in June 2016 Casino Nova Scotia Sydney opened a 2nd location for the Music Hall of Fame; both locations are a place to recognize the best of Atlantic Canada’s musical talent.
Working in partnership with Music Nova Scotia, the Music Hall of Fame focuses on Atlantic Canadian musicians who have had success both at home and abroad and who have always done their best to promote our region and culture across Canada and the world. The inaugural inductees include luminaries such as Anne Murray, Rita MacNeil, Portia White, John Allan Cameron, and Brookes Diamond Productions. The Music Hall of Fame includes memorabilia, stories, and the history of music in Atlantic Canada.
The Music Hall of Fame is the latest innovative collaboration between Music Nova Scotia and Casino Nova Scotia in an ongoing commitment to promoting the arts within the region.
For more information about the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame visit www.casinonsmusichalloffame.ca.