In this section, you will learn about the many efforts the Casino de Charlevoix has made to maximize its contribution to the community. The Casino’s various initiatives relate to the three dimensions of sustainable development:
- social fairness
- economic performance.
Partnership with Moisson organizations
In October 2016, the SCQ (Société des casinos du Québec) organized a food drive and volunteer day in its establishments. The goal was to support a cause it has taken to heart for many years: food security.
Our employees helped collect more than 11,000 kg of foodstuffs, which were then distributed to the partner Moisson organizations: Moisson Montréal, Moisson Outaouais, Moisson Laurentides, and the Service alimentaire et d’aide budgétaire de Charlevoix-Est, associated with Moisson Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.
More than 300 employees from the casinos, SCQ and Loto-Québec also joined forces for a volunteer day on October 20, taking part in various tasks, such as collecting foodstuffs at grocery stores and sorting them in a warehouse, or preparing meals in support of the Moisson organizations’ activities.
Everyone’s efforts helped make the October initiatives a resounding success and make the partnership between SCQ and the Moisson organizations stronger than ever.
Over the past few years, the casinos and Moisson organizations have been working together in support of food security. The partnership aims to offer employees opportunities to positively contribute to their local community by taking part in volunteer or community commitment operations.
Service contracts awarded to local suppliers
The Casino du Lac-Leamy awards more than 50 service contracts to local suppliers each year (maintenance, landscaping, food, etc.). This represents nearly 400 indirect jobs that are created or maintained by the Casino.
In all, Québec’s casinos purchase nearly 271 million dollars annually in goods and services from 1,300 businesses in the province.
This policy is used by all of Québec’s casinos.
Partnerships that work
Every year, the Casino de Charlevoix supports tens of events and groups that make a contribution to the community’s vitality.
These are energizing events that create pride among local residents, and include the Domaine Forget International Festival, the Rodéo de Charlevoix and the Grands Rendez-Vous Cyclistes de Charlevoix.
Partner of Circuit électrique
The Casino de Charlevoix and the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu hotel became partners of Circuit électrique and installed a station on the site so customers can recharge their vehicle during their stay. Circuit électrique, supplied by Hydro-Québec, is the largest public recharging network in Québec with 270 points of service offering 240 volt power.
Following the 2013 implementation of composting in areas reserved for employees, the Casino de Charlevoix expanded coverage in 2014 with the installation of triple-compartment containers to receive compostable, recycling and waste materials in areas frequented by customers. In so doing, the Corporation gives customers a more ecological disposal option. The next step will be to implement composting in the Casino’s food service areas. Once the project is complete, composting practices throughout the establishment is expected to reduce waste by an annual 30 metric tonnes, or the equivalent of approximately 2,000 garbage bags.
ICI ON RECYCLE! program
The Casino de Charlevoix has earned Level 2 – Implementation of Recyc-Québec’s ICI ON RECYCLE! program, which recognizes efforts deployed with regard to the sound management of residual materials. The implementation of various measures to reduce, reuse, recycle and reclaim (4Rs), such as composting and various actions to raise awareness, demonstrate the importance we place on proper residual materials management.
Cigarette Waste Brigade®
Last April, the Casino de Charlevoix marked Earth Day by joining the Cigarette Waste Brigade®, a TerraCycle program that recycles cigarette waste while also raising money. Customers and employees are therefore invited to place extinguished cigarette and cigar butts, cigarette filters, ashes, rolling paper and packaging plastic in the ashtrays of our outdoor smoking areas. The cigarette waste will be recycled into a variety of industrial-use products, including plastic pallets. As for leftover tobacco, it will be composted. For each pound of cigarette waste sent to TerraCycle, the Casino receives $1 that is turned over to a non-profit organization.
Employee meeting ecocertified!
The Casino de Charlevoix ecocertified an internal meeting of more than 120 employees last May. The meeting earned the Bureau de normalisation du Québec’s (BNQ) Level 3 certification for eco-friendly events, which means that cooperation was established between event organizers, service providers, participants and users to reduce the event’s environmental impact and increase economic and social benefits for the area.
Elimination of bottled water
The Casino de Charlevoix replaced individual water bottles by reusable glasses in its gaming areas, an initiative that drew active participation from both employees and customers.
The project, which was rolled out in all Québec casinos, will eliminate nearly 1.2 million plastic bottles annually.
No more disposable dishes in the employee cafeteria
By removing disposable dishes in the employee cafeteria, the Casino de Charlevoix has made a significant gesture that will avoid throwing away more than 110,000 plastic glasses, 26,000 plastic plates and 250,000 plastic utensils each year.
In addition to helping reserve resources, this action promotes responsible consumption by casino employees.
Actions integrated in an overall approach to sustainable development
Throughout Loto-Québec and its subsidiaries, sustainable development is supported by the responsible management of games of chance, taking into account economic, social and environmental aspects in order to maximize our contribution to the community.
Our commitment leads us to analyze the consequences of our activities in order to, in as much as possible, amplify their positive effects and mitigate negative consequences.
For more information, visit the Documentation Centre on Loto‑Québec's web site.