City of Brantford and OLG Continue Creating Enduring Legacies 

For Immediate Release
8/25/2017 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Director, Communications & Community Engagement 
Phone: 519-759-4222 

On Friday, August 25th, 2017 the City of Brantford hosted a community recognition event in Council Chambers at City Hall to acknowledge the significant impact that revenues received from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) have made to the Brantford community.

Since 2001, the City has re-invested casino funds through annual contributions to not-for-profit organizations, administered by the Brant Community Foundation. In January 2014, City Council approved an additional $200,000 annually, directed to support capacity building and sustainability for registered not-for-profit organizations that require assistance within the City of Brantford.

"This event is an important opportunity to recognize the significant benefits we experience by re-investing casino funds back into our community," said Mayor Chris Friel. "Brantford has been host to OLG Casino Brantford since November 1999 and we value the strong relationship we've built with OLG, who continue to exceed our expectations as a corporate citizen and generous contributor to our community. The postive impact on our community as a result of this Fund can not be overstated. We know that many of these organizations would not be able to continue to deliver vital programs and services to our community without the much needed support of the City and the Casino Legacy Fund."

"OLG is proud to be a vital part of Brantford for more than 17 years and we look forward to continuing to build on that support," said Jake Pastore, OLG's Director of Municipal and Community Relations. "Each and every year 100 per cent of OLG proceeds are invested in Ontario. From healthcare, to education, to community festivals, OLG proceeds are hard at work in Brantford and all across our province. And, we appreciate the contribution of site employees in making life in this community that much richer."

"Since this program began, funding from the OLG Casino has enabled the City of Brantford to provide much needed financial support to the City's vibrant charitable sector though its community grant program," said Jim Steele, Chair of the Brant Community Foundation. "We are pleased to be part of this program that assists not-for-profits continue the great work they do for our community."

Quick Facts

  • The Brantford Community Foundation has administered over $6.1 million in funding on behalf of the City of Brantford, resulting in 1,585 grants to local not for profit organizations since the inception of this program
  • The total value of grants administered on August 25th is $82,528.42
  • 22 grants were distributed to local not for profit organizations on August 25th

Legacy projects funded by the City include the Revitalization of the Downtown core, Harmony Square, the Public Library Expansion, Farmers Market Renovations, Trails/Waterways projects and the Youth Resource Centre, just to name a few.

For more information about the Brant Community Foundation visit: http://www.brantcommunityfoundation.ca

For more information about OLG community partnerships visit: http://www.modernolg.ca/community-stories/

Media Contact

Stephanie Quattrociocchi
Communications Specialist
Communications and Community Engagement
Office of the CAO | City of Brantford
519-759–4150 Ext. 5533 | Squattrociocchi@brantford.ca