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CGA Undertakes First Ever Examination of Perceptions of Community Leaders on Casino Development
CGA Update
In late 2015 the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) began to disseminate its Opinions of Community Leaders Study, which is the first investigation undertaken by the association of the perceptions of civic and community leaders who agreed to have casinos developed in their municipalities.

The study was charged with providing a clear and indisputable examination of the impact of land-based casinos in communities across Canada, specifically asking:
  • Did the anticipated benefits accrue to communities?
  • Were the negative impacts as expected?
  • If community leaders had to do it all over again, would they say “yes”?
The Opinions of Community Leaders Study is also an extension of CGA’s mandate to create a better understanding of the gaming industry by presenting facts related to the industry to the general public, elected officials, key decision makers and the media through education and advocacy.

Attitudes towards gambling have evolved since the first full-service casino opened in Canada 25 years ago. It was the right time to approach the communities that were among the first to allow casinos to be built and ask its leaders a series of questions to gauge the impact, both positive and negative, of that decision, and most importantly to determine if, knowing what they know now, would they still allow a casino to open in their city or town.

Overwhelmingly community leaders answered “Yes” to that important question. The study also shows that casinos delivered on the high expectations that community leaders had at the outset: entertainment options were expanded; general economic development took place; and tourism grew, as did employment opportunities and municipal tax revenue. In other words, the study confirmed that casinos have been a net positive for their communities.

Look for an article on the study in the latest edition of Canadian Gaming Business Magazine. If you would like a copy of the study, the full report can be found on the CGA’s website at

As we begin 2016 we wanted to share the good news that gaming remains a vital contributor to Canadian society and that the communities that made the decision to build gaming facilities continue to benefit from that choice. This is an important reminder as more communities look to embrace new forms of gaming in the year ahead.
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