Mayor Matt Brown and Tyjondah Kerr (centre), OLG’s Senior Manager of Municipal and Community Relations, at London city hall, November 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of the City of London.

$4.8M in gaming revenue used for infrastructure projects

The City of London used the $4.8-million it received in slot machine revenue from the Western Fair District last year to fund a variety of infrastructure projects.

Mayor Matt Brown and officials from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced the total amount of gaming revenue given to the city in 2017 during Tuesday’s Corporate Services Committee meeting.

“The city is proud to showcase and acknowledge the impact these contributions make in our community,” said Brown. “Londoners significantly benefit from road and community projects that enhance our neighbourhoods and improve the quality of life for everyone.”

Roughly $1.25-million of the total funds was used for the reconstruction of Wonderland Rd. and $2.3-million went to various road rehabilitation projects which included asphalt, curbs and gutters. Other projects funded using the gaming revenue included upgraded change rooms for the North London Optimist Community Centre and accessible pool entry and barrier free parking at the Southcrest pool.

Since 1999, the city has received $76.3-million in non-tax gaming revenue from the OLG.