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No gaming revenue for city

Shuttered casinos means no gaming revenue for the City of Fort St. John in the first quarter of 2020. The province ordered all casinos and gaming centres closed on March 16 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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At Chances Fort St. John, gambling revenues totalled $16.6 million in 2017-18.

Shuttered casinos means no gaming revenue for the City of Fort St. John in the first quarter of 2020.

The province ordered all casinos and gaming centres closed on March 16 because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the city will see no gaming money for the period between April 1 and June 30.

“The closure of gambling facilities has directly impacted casino revenue for this quarter,” My Anh Truong of the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch wrote in a July 30 letter to the city. “As such, no transfer will be made to the City of Fort St. John for this period.”

The province saw $2.14 million in gaming revenues in Fort St. John during the same period in 2019, and $214,590 was paid out to the city.

Gaming revenues have long supported the operations of the Pomeroy Sport Centre, with a portion also planned to support a new community foundation for disbursement to community groups.

In the letter, Truong said the province hopes to release details soon of its share of federal funding for municipalities dealing with the economic fallout of the pandemic.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.