June 29, 2018 7:00 am
Updated: August 21, 2018 2:53 pm

Ontario’s Lottery and Gaming revenue – where does it go?

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Not many people know that a portion of money earned through the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is reinvested into the province. You can see this investment hard at work in hospitals, community centres and college and university campuses. When you consider the thousands of jobs within the industry and the actual prizes awarded to winners – yeah, it’s safe to say OLG gives back in a big way.

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OLG’s mission is to generate revenue for the province; stimulate and enhance economic development; and promote high standards of responsible gambling – all in the best interests of the Province of Ontario.


As a government agency, OLG fulfills a mandate that includes a focus on social responsibility. OLG’s PlaySmart program provides gambling education and support so that players can make informed and positive choices. It’s a big example of the importance we place on responsible gambling.


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OLG’s activities support the Province of Ontario and the communities within it. If you break down the $4.1 billion in economic activity created by OLG between April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, the contributions to the Province of Ontario are quite impressive.



$2.36 billion: Net Profit to the Province, of which $2.2 billion went to the operation of hospitals and other provincial priorities and the balance earmarked to problem gambling prevention, treatment and research, local and provincial charities and Ontario’s amateur athletes

$265.6 million: in commissions paid to lottery retailers across Ontario

$199.4 million: for goods and services purchased from Ontario businesses to support gaming facilities operated by OLG

$146.3 million: to municipalities and First Nations that host gaming facilities and Charitable Gaming Centres

$137.3 million: to Ontario First Nations through the Gaming Revenue Sharing and Financial Agreement

$36.4 million: in Charitable Gaming proceeds distributed to participating local charities

$2.5 million: to community festivals and events

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