CGA To Launch Pandemic Gaming Impact Survey
The gaming industry finds itself in murky waters the likes of which the modern world has not seen because of the Coronavirus global pandemic. Never before has the industry been confronted with anything even remotely similar to the current harrowingly precarious situation. Canadian industries have sadly not been spared, with the Coronavirus burning like a runaway wildfire through the provinces. And in order to better understand the specific challenges faced by the gaming industry on a provincial as well as national level, the Canadian Gaming Association has announced that it will over the course of the next couple of days launch a survey aimed at gaining a better understanding of the type and extent of support required by the local gaming industry.
The association furthermore also released all of the statistics and information at hand relating to the impact of the Coronavirus on specifically the Canadian gaming industry. The local industry is doing its part and cooperating in full according to the rules of social distancing, said the association. All casinos, casino-related amenities and community gaming halls and centres have been effectively shut down in an attempt to stop the virus from spreading any further than what it already has. But as commendable and unavoidable as what this may be, said the association, the shut-down will have far-reaching consequences for businesses, their employees, and also their suppliers.
Preparing Something Of Substance
What the association hopes to do now is to gather sufficient information in order to approach Federal government with a workable request for assistance and support. The CGA has said that the hope is that proactive action now will ensure that the industry is able to ride out the many challenges that are without a doubt yet to come, and to eventually come out stronger on the other end once the pandemic eventually ends.
The Canadian gaming industry is one of the biggest employers as a single industry in the country, employing roughly 182,500 people earning an average salary of $65,000 annually. This equates to roughly $1 billion in employee wages overall. Moreover, the industry also contributes about $1.2 billion in goods and services as well as $765 million in monthly taxes and contributions paid to government and various charities all over the country.
Working Is A Priority
The CGA said that in addition to it wanting to do all that it can to ensure that the industry is eventually in a position to continue its day-to-day business once the pandemic has died down, the most important order of business right now is to ensure that employees are able to get back to work as soon as possible.