The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has issued its second-quarter (July to September, 2018) non-tax gaming revenue payments totalling $36,985,656 to 24 communities which currently host gaming facilities. To date, host communities have received more than $1.5bn in non-tax gaming revenue.

The payments are made under an equitable formula that determines the funds communities receive for hosting a gaming facility and are based on a graduated scale of gaming revenue that is consistent across all sites in Ontario. At more than $2bn annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue.

“OLG provides direct support to communities across Ontario through payments to municipal partners and local charities, and generates more than $4bn in economic activity, including goods and services purchased from local businesses,” said Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Finance.

Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $47bn to the people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities including health care; the treatment, prevention and research of problem gambling; and support for amateur athletes. Each year, proceeds from OLG’s operations also support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery retailers and local charities across the province.