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Quebec relies on electronic bingo to fund nonprofits

Quebec relies on electronic bingo to fund nonprofits


The Quebec government wants to test the lucrative potential of electronic bingo and to do that, announces the launch of a pilot project in four or five of the province bingo halls.


Quebec believes that the revitalization of the bingo industry will support about 800 non-profit organizations (NPOs) that use bingo as a funding source.

The member for Montmorency, Raymond Bernier, made the announcement Sunday of this initiative, Quebec, with François-Patrick Allard of the League of establishments du Quebec (SEJQ), a subsidiary of Loto-Québec.

Electronic bingo concept already exists in other provinces, including Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, and in other countries like the UK, the US and Spain. This is bingo activities taking place in different rooms connected to each other, which increases the jackpot, explained Marisol Schnorr Loto-Québec.

"Since 2009, the number of visits to bingo halls decreases by 10% per year, resulting in significant revenue declines. We are working to develop solutions to reverse this trend, "said Mr. Bernier, who is also chairman of the Financial Commission.

This is the SEJQ which will be responsible for operating the new bingo system and pay money to NPOs. A tender will be launched soon to target facilities and to implement the pilot project, which will last one year.

"The electronic bingo, proposed in several jurisdictions outside of Quebec, has the advantage of being more flexible about the games and the game schedule, said Mr Allard of SEJQ. We will assess how well this game offer will attract new customers. "

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