First Nation Gaming

The Province entered into a series of gaming agreements with First Nation communities beginning in 1995 to assist with economic and community development. These agreements provide for a sharing in the profits of the Sydney Casino and allows the communities to retain video lottery terminal revenues generated on First Nation lands.

Currently, all communities have gaming agreements. However, Bear River and Pictou Landing do not have video lottery terminals in their communities.

The following table provides an overview of the revenues that have been generated within First Nation communities since these agreements were signed.

Band Share of Gaming Revenue

Year
(April 1 - March 31)
VLT Revenues (1) Number of VLTís (2) Sydney Casino Profits (3)
1997 - 1998 $10,646,892.60 403 $703,796.50
1998 - 1999 $13,596,797.00 394 (average #) $923,063.90
1999 - 2000 $15,554,858.94 402 $1,512,696.00
2000 - 2001 $17,310,952.04 424 $2,531,897.50
2001 - 2002 $20,064,091.20 465 $2,731,750.00
2002 - 2003 $26,744,915.80 568 $2,764,259.96
2003 - 2004 $32,708,556.76 615 $1,631,872.31
2004 - 2005 $37,098,126.70 610 $283,314.00
2005 - 2006 $39,024,043.80 588 $1,715,500.00
2006 - 2007 $39,951,147.65 575 $2,725,400.00
2007 - 2008 $44,815,889.00 594 $2,378,628.00
2008 - 2009 $49,006,781.00 593 $3,141,528.00
2009 - 2010 $46,389,668 584 $3,032,414.00
2010-2011 $46,104,935 579 $2,626,496.00
2011-2012 $45,138,645 599 $2,501,198.00
2012-2013 $37,988,299 582 $2,257,548.00

Notes

(1) Revenues for VLTs are provided by Nova Scotia Gaming Corp (through ALC) and are on a fiscal year basis ending March 31. These revenues are net of administrative fees paid to ALC.

(2) Active terminal counts are provided by ALC as of March 31.

(3) Figures provided by the Department of Finance for the Sydney Casino. From 1997-98 to 2004-05, cash available for distribution was calculated for the year ending December 31. Beginning in 2005-06 this distribution will be calculated on a fiscal year basis. The first year will include 15 months (January 2005 to March 31, 2006).

For more information on First Nation Gaming in Nova Scotia, please contact the Office of Aboriginal Affairs.