Casinos, are they good for Ontario?

Essay by Tyler FinkCollege, UndergraduateA-, March 1997

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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...