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Sustainable development

Sustainable Development

In this section, you will learn about the many efforts the Casino du Lac-Leamy has made to maximize its contribution to the community. The Casino’s various initiatives relate to the three dimensions of sustainable development:

  • social fairness
  • conservation
  • 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, Espacejeux.com, 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.

Fundraising to help spring flood victims

Following recent spring flooding, the Casino du Lac-Leamy provided support for several special fundraising events to help victims. At least 94 volunteer employees went to seven grocery stores in the region to participate in a special collection event organized by Moisson Outaouais.

The volunteers managed to collect 5,000 kg of non-perishable foods and donations totalling $2,652.

In a separate effort, Casino employees collected over 400 kg of non-perishable foods, 110 kg of clothing and cash donations from within the Corporation.

Employees’ generous contributions support our community via our partner, Moisson Outaouais. Congratulations, everyone!

A generous Holiday donation

The Holiday season is made for sharing and generosity, and Casino du Lac-Leamy employees certainly do their part in that regard. Following activities organized over the past weeks, the Casino made a cash donation to Moisson Outaouais. With the donation, over 2,300 hams and canned pineapple were purchased and delivered to regional food banks to help families in need.

A blackjack tournament with Ottawa Senators to benefit Moisson Outaouais

On February 13, a blackjack mini tournament benefiting regional food bank Moisson Outaouais was held at the Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Bar 7. The charitable tournament played by 42 blackjack aficionados raised $4,200. Under the supervision of professional dealers, five Ottawa Senators – Mike Condon, Chris Wideman, Cody Ceci, Ryan Dzingel and Jean-Gabriel Pageau – demonstrated their skills as dealers for one round.

This fundraising event is part of a long-term partnership between Québec’s casinos and Moisson organizations to provide enduring support in each Québec region where a casino is located.

Casino du Lac-Leamy employees make going back to school easier

For the sixth consecutive year, Casino du Lac-Leamy employees provided support for the community by filling 175 backpacks with school supplies for primary school kids. The bags were delivered to the Maison Communautaire Daniel-Johnson, who distributes the bags to low-income families in Gatineau.

This activity was organized as part of Loto-Québec’s volunteer program. The program provides employees with opportunities to contribute in a positive way by taking part in volunteer activities or becoming involved in the community.

An Employee Volunteer Day to Restock Food Bank Shelves

More than 150 Casino du Lac-Leamy and Casino de Mont-Tremblant employees got together last October to participate in the Société des casinos du Québec’s (SCQ) annual volunteer day. This activity enabled Moisson Outaouais and Moisson Laurentides to restock their shelves with non-perishable food items.

A total of 10,000 kg of non-perishable foods and $4,089 were collected in 12 grocery stores in both regions. What’s more, the Casino du Lac-Leamy hosted the biggest single-day food drive in Moisson Outaouais’s history!

This volunteer day is one of the activities organized by the 4 casinos 4 Moisson partnership and highlights the SCQ’s social commitment to a cause that affects many families: the fight against food insecurity. The activity is deployed as part of Loto-Québec’s corporate volunteerism program to provide employees with opportunities to make a positive contribution by taking part in volunteer activities or getting involved in the community.

Grand défi Pierre Lavoie: mission accomplished

For the ninth consecutive year, the Rouleurs des casinos biked 1,000 km in 60 hours from La Baie, in the Saguenay region, to Montréal, with stops in several cities along the way, including Gatineau! The Casino du Lac-Leamy’s team of five cyclists are: Frédéric Hamon, Catherine Schellenberg, Camille Lévesque, Carlo Colombi and Philippe Camiré, along with driver Martin Carrière.

The objective of this biking marathon is to promote healthy living to youth by emphasizing regular physical activity, healthy eating and staying in school.

Since it first participated in the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie, the team has raised a total of over $70,000 for the cause and area schools. This year, the team sponsored Providence/JM-Robert primary school in Saint-André-Avellin.

Since 2001, the team has financed its participation in the Grand Défi by organizing the Défi Gatineau Mont-Tremblant, an annual cycling event. More information at gatineautremblant.ca.

Congratulations to the Rouleurs des casinos for their achievement.

Loto-Moisson: A great fundraising campaign for Moisson Outaouais

Loto-Moisson is the biggest fundraising activity organized by and for Moisson Outaouais—a non-profit organization. Through this event, the Casino du Lac-Leamy is proud to offer its support as a partner of Moisson Outaouais, having its employees buy and sell tickets. In September 2016, the Casino achieved its goal, selling some 350 tickets—a $7,000 value—and giving $6,000 in prizes. With the help of all of its partners in the Outaouais region, more than 8,132 tickets were sold, for a total of $131,000 going to the cause of food security. What a great way to fight hunger and give hope to the families in the region!

Our partnership with La Tablée des Chefs

A success story!

The Casino du Lac-Leamy partners with the Tablée des Chefs to redistribute surplus food from Casino restaurants and service points through Moisson Outaouais. This is tangible action aimed at feeding the needy in the Outaouais region.

The Tablée des Chefs provides a sustainable food brokerage service, networking producers of surplus food with groups that redistribute it to the needy. The Casino du Lac-Leamy is the first Outaouais business to commit to food redistribution with the Tablée des Chefs on a regular basis.                

A Restaurant Partner with Ocean Wise

The restaurant Le Baccara is proud to support the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. When you see this symbol on our menu, you are choosing sustainably sourced seafood.                

Eco-Responsible Waste Management

The Casino du Lac-Leamy is proud to contribute to the protection of the environment by managing waste in an eco-responsible manner. In keeping with that principle, used equipment that is not fit to be donated to an organization in the region and would otherwise be sent to the trash will now be handed over to organizations specializing in materials recovery. Each item will be disposed of according to type: electronics and computer equipment will be sent to a Gatineau factory specializing in the recycling of communications and IT waste; textiles will be shredded and reused as insulation; all types of metals will be sent to a company that melts them down; and, finally, dangerous substances and chemical products will be sent to a company certified by the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement, de la Faune et des parcs, where they will be treated and recycled in an environmentally respectful manner.                

Helping the Environment on a Daily Basis

The Casino du Lac-Leamy encourages its employees to make an effort to help the environment on a daily basis. Two additional recycling bins have been installed to collect small electronic devices as well as Tassimo capsules. Congratulations for this excellent initiative!                

Electric recharging stations for customers

The Casino du Lac-Leamy has installed two electric recharging stations in its parking facilities for clients to use during their visit. This is just one more of the establishment’s many sustainable development and social commitment initiatives. These new recharging stations are part of the Circuit électrique, Québec’s largest public recharging network, which currently boasts nearly 200 240-volt recharging stations.                

The Casino du Lac-Leamy Honoured for its Energy Efficiency Program

The Casino du Lac-Leamy is one of the Québec businesses honoured by Hydro-Québec for their considerable efforts in implementing energy efficiency programs. Discover the members of the réseau Écoélectrique.

An efficient composting system

The Casino du Lac-Leamy has been a participant in Gatineau’s municipal composting program. Thanks to its compostable matter reclamation system, the Casino is able to divert hundreds of tons of composted organic matter from landfill sites.

Both customers and employees participate daily in this by using the appropriate bins that are available in all kitchens, dining areas, bars, bathrooms and gaming areas of the Casino. This initiative helps educate more than three million annual visitors about the importance of the environment.                

Ecoresponsible event packages

The Casino du Lac-Leamy convention centre now offers a solution for event organizers looking to responsibly manage their events. Four new, ready-to-go packages now let them organize and promote acknowledged actions that incorporate the principles of sustainable development.
The packages incorporate the principles set out by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec and assist organizers in taking concrete measures to reduce the ecological footprint of their events through offsets, support for local businesses and trash reclamation.                

Ecological horticulture

The Casino du Lac-Leamy has moved forward with environmentally-friendly horticulture that includes the use of annuals, hardy plants that can tolerate drought and 100% natural fertilizers.                

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.