Are casinos good for Ontario? To every situation there are positive and
negative points. In the situation of casinos, the positive side has a very strong case
that outweighs the negative side. One of the main reasons that they are good is
that numerous jobs are created by and for the government. Another positive aspect
is that the government and local charities will get some of the revenue created at
these gambling locations. Along with these reasons, a lot of the people that will
come to visit the casinos, from Canada or the United States and encourage the
tourism industry. Casinos are a good solution for many problems including
tourism and government funding.
One of the most important reasons why casinos are a good thing is the fact
that a number of jobs are created. In the past three years casinos have created
nearly 43,0001 jobs directly and indirectly.
With today's job market, these jobs
are greatly needed to help keep the unemployment rate down. There is really no
negative side to creating jobs for the people of Ontario.
From past years it can be noted that Ontario casinos are taking in great
amounts of money annually. Casino Rama in Orillia took in 366.1 million2 last
year and Casino Niagara had revenues of approximately 650.0 million3. Of those
amounts the government will take two to four percent4 for funding programs. This
funding goes towards such areas as agriculture, environment, fisheries, and
aquaculture. If the funding was not from these casinos where would it come from,
and would these mean the each of these areas would also get funding cuts like
other sectors? Since the money is coming from casinos, it is saving the average
tax-payer money also. In the event that the funding from casinos was stopped then...