BC Casinos Suing the BCLC Over Trust Money Collections

By Ben Hamill - December 19 2015

Great Canadian Gaming, one of British Columbia’s largest casino companies is suing the B.C. Lottery Corporation for more than $18 million dollars. The Great Canadian Casinos Inc. filed suit in the B.C. Supreme Court, stating that, after agreeing to stop collecting money from BC casinos over which they have no claim, the BCLC has, in fact, continued to collect the money.

The lawsuit reads, in part “BCLC has refused or neglected to cease collecting [the money]. BCLChas no contractual or other legal entitlement to any of the [money] it has collected.”

According to the Great Canadian Casinos Inc., BCLC agreed in 2009 that “there are no further requirements for Great Canadian Casinos Inc. to make contributions” to the trust which promoted social responsible casino gambling. But even after sending the termination letter, Great Canadian claims, BCLC continued to collect 0.6 percent of casino revenues.

After repeated requests to stop collecting the money went unanswered Great Canadian filed suit to request that BCLC cease the collections and return the $18 million that it has collected between 2009 and 2015. Great Canadian pointed out that the trust has been closed since 2009 and therefore, the BCLC had no right to continue to collect the funds.

No dates have yet been set for the hearing.


The British Columbia Lottery Corporation is entrusted by the Ministry of Finance of British Columbia to oversee all lottery, horse racing, bingo and casino activities in the province. BCLC is overseen by a Board of Directors, appointed by the provincial government, which reports back to the Ministry. The BCLC is, in effect, the provincial government’s agent in matters regarding gambling activities in B.C. while the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch enforces all law, rules and regulations.

BCLC Activities

In addition to regulating gambling venues and activities in British Columbia the BCLC also administers safe gaming programs and oversees the distribution of a percentage of the lottery and casino profits to local charities and non-profits. The BCLC facilitates revenue sharing agreements that the provincial government enters into with cities and communities that host gaming centres. The communities, including cities, towns and First Nation communities, receive 10% of the net income that is generated by gaming facilities that are located within their community.

In short, the BCLC manages and operates the gaming industry in British Columbia. It oversees 17 casinos (2 casinos at racetracks and 15 casino sites), 6 Bingo halls, 19 community gaming centres and the BC Lottery (involving both brick-and-mortar lottery retailers and online lottery sales.) The BCLC is also developing an online gaming site which has already launched several games.


The games and equipment at British Columbia casinos are provided by BCLC which acts as intermediary between the casinos and both hardware and software companies that provide BC casino equipment. The BCLC is responsible for the integrity and security of the games and standards of the casino venues. BCLC collects a portion of the revenues from the casinos and directs them towards supporting programs, grants and services in communities throughout the province.

BCLC supervises 450 table games, 12,000 slot machines and a number of bingo parlours, located in casinos, gaming centres, bingo halls and other venues throughout the province. The Gaming Policy and Enforcement branch of the provincial government must approve all games. It monitors the BCLC’s selections, purchases and deliveries of games to the casinos as well as the payout amounts.


BCLC is charged wtih administering the lottery in British Columbia. These include

the national games of LOTTO MAX and 6/49, provincial games such as Poker Lotto, BC 50/50, BC 49 and Extra, Scratch & Win scratch card games and Pull Tab games as well as a variety of quick play games such as Keno and Pacific Hold’Em Poker.

Great Canadian Casinos Inc

The Great Canadian Casino Corporation operates multiple casino sites in BC including the River Rock Casino in Richmond and the Hard Rock Casino just outside of Vancouver.

River Rock is one of the biggest casinos in Canada. It offers a wide range of options for entertainment options. For gamblers, there are 7 kinds of poker including Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Three-Card Poker, Four-card Poker, Pot Limit Omaha Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus Poker and Fortune Pai Gow Poker. Gamers can also find video poker options with progressive jackpots. There are over 1000 slot machines at River Rock together with over 100 table games such as old favourites of roulette, touch bet roulette, craps, blackjack and baccarat alongside many new games and variations.

The River Rock resort is a luxurious venue where vacationers will find comfortable, spacious rooms, fine dining, a swimming pool with a 70 foot waterslide, a spa with treatment rooms, a weight room and a beautiful boardwalk and marina overlooking the Fraser River. Dining options include luxury eateries such as Lulus which features live music , the jazz-themed Curve lounge and a Food Court with buffets and simple cuisine.

Hard Rock Casino

The Hard Rock Casino is a centre of Vancouver nightlife. Residents and visitors can enjoy a superior gaming and entertainment venue in the town of Coquitlamm in the scenic BC hills at the foot of the North Shore mountain range, just outside of Vancouver. The Stay and Play package allows gamers to relax in Vancouver’s best accommodations and enjoy all of the hundreds of game options. There are almost 1000 online slots, poker games which include Three-Card Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Four=Card Poker, Fast Action Hold ‘Em Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em Poker and a wide range of table games such as Squeeze Midi Baccarat, Squeeze EZ Baccarat, Fortune Pai Gow, Touch-Bet Roulette, Craps and Roulette. Gamers can also enjoy their choice of Blackjack options such as Shoe Blackjack and Double Deck Blackjack.

Guests can dine at the Asylum Restaurant or the Unlisted Lounge for a epicurean dinner experience or at the Stake steak restaurant or the Fú Express Asian fusion bar for something simpler.