FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Chances Casino is back to generating cash for the City after being closed for 471 days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

B.C.’s Gaming and Policy and Enforcement Branch informed the City in an October 20th letter that $201,856.16 was earned between July 1st to September 30th.

Casinos across the province reopened on Canada Day with new layouts and protocols to ensure guests’ safety.

Council urged the Province to reopen casinos earlier this year after 125 people in Fort St. John were left without a job after the closure.

In a letter to Premier John Horgan seeking reopening plans in March, Mayor Lori Ackerman noted the impacts to the community, such as the loss of income for affected families, lack of gaming revenue to support healthy activity at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, and no support for those with gambling addictions.