How OLG finances compare with other Crown agencies
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Revenue and operating expenses for Canada’s gambling operators are directly impacted by the degree of privatization in the sector, and the types of games offered. Several provinces, including Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, built their casinos with public dollars, while Alberta’s 24 casinos were constructed and financed by the private sector. Alberta also houses gambling and liquor under one Crown agency, with many of its 886 full-time staff working in both areas.
Ontario, by contrast, spends more to operate its casinos and lotteries than any other province, mainly because of the large number of gambling-sector employees on the government payroll. The OLG has just over 7,000 employees. How they are paid will change dramatically under the agency’s privatization plan. Most of the employees are expected to shift from the public payroll to the private sector.
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