The North Shore or a municipality south of the Fraser may be eligible for a new casino, if desired.
The B.C. Lottery Corporation has set out to determine if there is interest among local governments in the two regions to host a new gaming facility. Based on the BCLC’s assessment, there is potential to serve customers in the regions.
Currently, the following local governments have been invited to express their interest in a EOI process:
North Shore: City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
South of the Fraser: City of Surrey, Corporation of Delta and Tsawwassen First Nation.
An EOI process is essentially the initial steps to collect interest from local governments considering the idea of hosting gaming in their community. If the government(s) are interested, BCLC may provide them with a detailed facility proposal they can use to seek and consider community input.
Each local government that hosts a casino or community gaming centre receives a 10 per cent share of the net gaming income generated by those facilities.
The deadline for local governments to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) is July 15, 2016.
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