In this section, you will learn about the many efforts the Casino de Montréal 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.
The Casino de Montréal has been long acknowledged as one of Montréal’s main tourist attractions, with an offer of services that provides clear support for tourism by topping off the city’s overall restaurant and entertainment facilities.
As such, the Casino contributes to the international reputation of Montréal and even Québec as tourist magnets.
Elimination of bottled water
The Casino de Montréal 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.
The Casino de Montréal has taken many steps to foster paper reduction, re-use, reclamation and recycling. These efforts have enabled the Casino to reduce its consumption of paper by 122 metric tons per year, which means 268,964 pounds of paper, 2,286 saved trees and 8,423,147 saved litres of water.
Recently, the Casino obtained Level 2 certification under RECYC-QUÉBEC’s Ici, on recycle! program. The program recognizes contributions made by organizations to resource conservation. This level of certification means that the Casino de Montréal is now part of a select group that includes the Casino du Lac-Leamy, the Grande Bibliothèque and Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont.
For the first time, the Casino de Montréal eco-certified some of its internal meetings attended by more than 30 employees. This included initiatives that met Level 2 responsible event management standards, particularly in the areas of accounting and the Carbone boréal greenhouse gas emission offset project.
This is just the beginning. Next year, the Casino will work to eco-certify other internal events.
Landscaping that respects the environment
The Casino de Montréal modernization project is proceeding apace, paying attention to resource preservation. The results of this policy can be seen by looking at our landscaping, with hundreds of mature trees being transplanted by specialized equipment that can easily uproot and replant. During the replanting process, the surface earth that we needed to remove for construction work is also reused in other areas of the casino landscape.
You can be sure that when you visit the casino of the future, it will be up to current standards while fully drawing on the richness of the past.
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.