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Are casinos good for Ontario? To every situation there are positive and

negative points. In the situation of casinos, the positive side has a very strong case

that outweighs the negative side. One of the main reasons that they are good is

that numerous jobs are created by and for the government. Another positive aspect

is that the government and local charities will get some of the revenue created at

these gambling locations. Along with these reasons, a lot of the people that will

come to visit the casinos, from Canada or the United States and encourage the

tourism industry. Casinos are a good solution for many problems including

tourism and government funding.

One of the most important reasons why casinos are a good thing is the fact

that a number of jobs are created. In the past three years casinos have created

nearly 43,0001 jobs directly and indirectly. With today's job market, these jobs

are greatly needed to help keep the unemployment rate down. There is really no

negative side to creating jobs for the people of Ontario.

From past years it can be noted that Ontario casinos are taking in great

amounts of money annually. Casino Rama in Orillia took in 366.1 million2 last

year and Casino Niagara had revenues of approximately 650.0 million3. Of those

amounts the government will take two to four percent4 for funding programs. This

funding goes towards such areas as agriculture, environment, fisheries, and

aquaculture. If the funding was not from these casinos where would it come from,

and would these mean the each of these areas would also get funding cuts like

other sectors? Since the money is coming from casinos, it is saving the average

tax-payer money also. In the event that the funding from casinos was stopped then

taxes would have to be raised to keep money in the listed areas or the areas would

receive subsidy cuts. Some people of course will say that the money is just being

moved from one area to another within the government, but where would it be

moving from?

Further money will also go to charities within the community, such as the

Lion's.5 In Ontario alone it's expected that 160 million dollars6 is given to

charities. With this additional funding the charities will be able to help so many

more people that they would otherwise without this funding.

One more of the bonuses of having casinos in Ontario is the fact that they

bring tourists in from other areas of the province or other countries. Both the

casinos in Niagra and Windsor attract large quantities of people from the United

States. If we did not have the gaming houses people from these locations and

Ontarians would just go to another place to gamble, like Las Vegas. Although is

no way to tell the number of tourists coming to the casino and then going to other

businesses in the district to spend money it is know that on average casinos in

Ontario attract 14,0007 people per day. With that many people going to these

cities each day, who knows how many will be visiting other places to spend


People may say that there are a lot of people that are becoming addicted to

gambling each day, but the average person spends only $578 each time they visit a

Canadian casino. Of course Ontario will have some gambling addicts, but we can

create jobs to help these people, which in turn puts more jobs in our economy.

Another bonus of American's pouring money into our economy is that we will not

have to worry about their social problems such as gambling addictions. There is

no doubt that some people are going to be addicted to gambling, but with any way

of raising money there are going to be some problems.

When looking from many angles at casinos, they are a worthy way of doing

many things. The biggest windfall of the casinos is the money that they bring both

to the government, charities, and workers. Yes, there are thousands of jobs that

are created at the gambling houses too. Also with all of the people that come to

gamble, there will be a lot of people who will want to see the scenes and possibly

buy souvenirs to increase the tourism trade. Casinos are a good way of raising

money for good things that can happen, plus when someone goes to a casino they

have a chance of winning, a small chance, but it is there!

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