BC Hockey gratefully appreciates the support of Gaming in the Province of British Columbia. BC Hockey has received funds from the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch – Ministry of Public Safety and solicitor General for several years. Generally the proceeds from Gaming support BC Hockey programming are used to ease the financial burden on members participating in our programs. The proceeds also allow BC Hockey to expand its family of programs.
1) Direct Access Program
The Direct Access Grant Program provides grants to eligible organizations with funds from government gaming revenues. Direct Access grants provide funding to eligible non-profit organizations like BC Hockey for direct delivery to their communities of approved, ongoing programs.
2) Gaming Events (Class A and B licenses)
World Junior Championships December 21, 2005 to January 5, 2006 - BC Hockey was given the opportunity to conduct the 50/50 draws during the World Junior Hockey Championships. Administrated by BC Hockey volunteers, the program was a huge success. Funds are now being used for BC Hockey initiatives.
The SportsFunder lottery games were launched last February as a way to generate funds that would provide increased opportunities for all BC amateur athletes – regardless of their income level or where they live – to participate in sporting events and for coaches to increase their level of training and experience. It is the first cause-specific lottery in the BC Lottery Corporation’s history and it is estimated that $20 million will be raised for amateur sport through the lottery over the next six years. BC Hockey will benefit from Sportsfunder in the following ways:
- Team BC enhancement funding
- Team and youth travel program
- High 5 recreation program
- Coach development