Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) Makes Big Donation to Local Charities

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The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has, once again, shown its care for the local community by donating CA$120,000 to local charities.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has, yet again, lived up to its task by giving back to the local community. The OLG has offered much-needed financial support to United Way Halton & Hamilton. In line with the donation, various local charities will receive CA$2,575 each from OLG’s Collecting for the Community campaign, with total contributions amounting to CA$120,000.

The OLG is the state-run regulator of Ontario’s land-based casinos, retail, and online lottery products that delivers services to the locals in a regulated and safe manner. OLG’s operational revenue is reinvested into the province to assist local groups, organisations, charities, educational institutions, and other sectors.

A Generous Gesture

Due to the ongoing pandemic and its effect on social gatherings, the OLG had to come up with new ways to assist the community. As a result, it launched the Collecting for the Community promotion, intending to replicate on-site event activations sponsored by the corporation before the pandemic. The campaign also included a cash payment of CA$50,000 to United Ways in Ontario.

The promotion ran from 19 July 2021 to 3 January 2022. Individuals who visited CollectingfortheCommunity.ca could play the free activity and thus generate additional funds through participation. It was planned that the campaign would generate CA$1,000 for each of the United Ways branches in the province, although higher than expected player participation pushed this amount up to CA$2,575.

CEO of the OLG, Duncan Hannay, said that giving back to the community is one of the primary purposes of the corporation. Hannay added that United Way and the OLG have a long history of cooperation. According to him, United Way is a crucial community partner that supports vulnerable community members through multiple programmes and charities.

In perspective, a CA$1,000 donation secures nutritious meals for 100 senior citizens, while CA$1,200 can support ten people with intellectual disabilities. Every CA$2,000 collected helps enrol four single mothers in career training courses, making it easier for them to get a job. CA$2,000 can also provide 30 youths with the opportunity to prepare affordable and nutritious meals.

Ultimately, every dollar raised by the United Way Halton & Hamilton provides vulnerable members of the society with centralised access to numerous charities and community assistance programmes.

Making it on the Forbes List

Last month, Forbes included the OLG on Canada’s Best Employers for 2022 list. The list is voted by employees from corporations with more than 500 staff members. This is the first time the OLG has been included on such a list. Hannay noted that the accolade is a true honour for the corporation, mainly since the acknowledgement stems from its staff members.

New Sports Show

Additionally, the OLG has launched Game Plan, a new sports talk show. The new show provides coverage of the NFL and gives fans more insight into betting and odds. Last week, the show debuted with Hall of Fame quarterback, Joe Montana, as a special guest, just in time for last Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI.

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