Gateway Donated CA$78k To Charities In 2020

By Ben Hamill - January 06 2021
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Gateway Donated CA$78k To Charities In 2020

Despite a year of bizarre circumstances and a 2020 of which the better part of ten months had been marked by immense challenges, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment has remained committed to host communities and charity organisations who have come to rely on the monetary support historically received from the Canadian gaming giant on a national level. Gateway during 2020 donated gaming proceeds to the tune of CA$78,000 for distribution among several national charities, including the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Center.

Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie has made annual contributions to the local community ever since the operator first established a gaming venue in the area over two decades ago. Allocations in the form of regular donations made to community city coffers and charities have for years provided local authorities and charities with much-needed support, and despite a year marked by extreme uncertainty, Gateway has continued to honour its commitments to local Canadian communities.

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Charities Remain Top Priority

That the operator has managed to continue making charitable contributions and allocations is an incredible feat, especially considering that most of its operations experienced down times lasting the bigger part of the year last year. Gateway shut down its nationwide operations around the middle of March – and this remained the prevalent situation for most of the remainder of 2020. Gateway Casino Sault Ste. Marie, for one, only received the green light to reopen its doors to the public at the start of the fall.

Once the venue had received the thumbs up and an October reopening date, operations were limited to slot machines only – with table games posing specific dangers in terms of physical distancing. Occupancy limits were imposed also, with no more than 50 patrons permitted to frequent the casino floor at any given time.

Triumph Despite Challenges

Gateway has had to weather several challenges over the course of last year – including a fight for survival keeping its employment operations afloat in the midst of little to no income being generated by its shuttered gaming locations.

Privately founded in 1992, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment has emerged a major employer across Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta, and last year become eligible for support from government’s Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation. The operator has confirmed having used the CA$200 million loan from government or the rehiring of the 8,000 members of staff laid off early in 2020.

Gateway oversees a total of 26 casinos and gambling halls across three Canadian provinces.

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