The Esquimalt First Nation and Songhees First Nation regions were discarded from plans.
Canada.- The British Columbia Lottery Corporation is planning to construct a new casino complex in the Canadian province. After a selection process, Victoria and Saanich are being studied to decide which one would be the better location for the new gaming venue. The casino will offer slots machines, bingo services and restaurants.
Both cities are excited about passing the first phase of the process. They now will face each other for the chance to win the license, until June 23rd. “We had, through council motion, expressed an interest in bringing a casino here after going through council consideration and a public process,” Mayor of Saanich, Richard Atwell, expressed. The city will present further information about geographic and economic status and the community may get involved, if the council decides to issue the debate publicly.
The winner city will receive around CAD$30 to CAD$45 million (US$23,174,792 to US$34,762,188) per year. Casino operators will re-attribute the municipality with the 10 percent of the net revenues, calculated in CAD$1.8 to CAD$2.5 million –US$1,390,487 to US$1,931,232–. “We want to make sure that whatever we decide is complementing the existing gaming facilities. There are three of them — there’s the View Royal casino, there’s Playtime bingo in Saanich and Esquimalt has Bingo Bingo,” commented Angela Koulyras, spokeswoman of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.