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Sustainable development

Discover our most recent initiatives.

Sustainable development

Discover our most recent initiatives.

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Sustainable development


In this section, you will learn about the many efforts the Casino de Charlevoix has made to maximize its contribution to the community. The Casino’s various initiatives relate to the three dimensions of sustainable development:

  • social fairness
  • conservation
  • economic performance.


Showcase initiative

Walking for a good cause in Charlevoix!

Economic efficiency

For the fourth consecutive year, Casino de Charlevoix employees walked for a good cause on May 22. The annual 45-km trek between Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie, which includes many hills and valleys, raised over $7,500. The money will be donated to the Fondation Campus Charlevoix fundraising campaign to equip the Centre d’études collégiales en Charlevoix (CÉCC) with quality sports and multifunctional installations for Charlevoix youth.

A total of 64 walkers took up the challenge, twenty of which were Casino de Charlevoix employees, as well as students, teachers and staff members from the CÉCC, and Fondation Campus Charlevoix volunteers.

Economic efficiency

Walking for a good cause in Charlevoix!


For the fourth consecutive year, Casino de Charlevoix employees walked for a good cause on May 22. The annual 45-km trek between Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie, which includes many hills and valleys, raised over $7,500. The money will be donated to the Fondation Campus Charlevoix fundraising campaign to equip the Centre d’études collégiales en Charlevoix (CÉCC) with quality sports and multifunctional installations for Charlevoix youth.

A total of 64 walkers took up the challenge, twenty of which were Casino de Charlevoix employees, as well as students, teachers and staff members from the CÉCC, and Fondation Campus Charlevoix volunteers.

$10,000 donation to support the mission of the SAAB


In September 2013, more than 500 complete meals were distributed by the Service alimentaire et d’aide budgétaire (SAAB) of Charlevoix-Est to area individuals and families in need thanks to the participation of several Casino de Charlevoix employees who got together to prepare all those meals.

This community kitchen activity was part of a vast volunteer operation. On that day, close to 200 volunteer employees from the Société des casinos du Québec gave their time to support food safety. In recognition of this solidarity, the Casino made a $10,000 donation to support the mission of the SAAB de Charlevoix-Est.

Engagés dans la communauté


In 2014, 5 Casino de Charlevoix employees received a cheque in the amount of $150 to be remitted to their favourite charitable organization in the Gens de cœur (people with heart) segment of Loto-Québec’s community involvement program Engagés dans la communauté. The initiative provides financial support to non-profit organizations in which our employees are regularly involved.

The Casino de Charlevoix is proud to recognize the efforts of employees who participate in their community’s non-profit organizations.

Perennial plant sale


The Casino de Charlevoix employee’s annual perennial plant sale raised $425. The money was turned over to the Service d’aide alimentaire et budgétaire (SAAB) of Charlevoix-Est.

Service contracts awarded to local suppliers


Each year, the Casino de Charlevoix invests more than 5 million dollars in purchases of goods and services from regional suppliers. From this perspective, the Casino is well-positioned as an important player in the local economy.

In all, Québec’s casinos purchase nearly 271 million dollars annually in goods and services from 1,300 businesses in the province.

Partnerships that work


Every year, the Casino de Charlevoix supports tens of events and groups that make a contribution to the community’s vitality.

These are energizing events that create pride among local residents, and include the Domaine Forget International Festival, the Rodéo de Charlevoix and the Grands Rendez-Vous Cyclistes de Charlevoix.

Social equity

Heads and hearts help out Leucan


A long march from Baie-Saint-Paul to La Malbaie made by a group of Casino de Charlevoix employees in June 2012, raised $3,115 which was added to the amount collected in the Défi têtes rasées local fund drive organized by Leucan.

In 2011, employees of the Casino and the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu raised a total of $17,000 in the Défi têtes rasées that saw 25 people shave their heads for a good cause. Casino de Mont-Tremblant employees also took part in this event by organizing their own activities.

Support for the Service alimentaire et d’aide budgétaire de Charlevoix-Est

More than 160 full meals were distributed to needy individuals and families in the region by the Service alimentaire et d’aide budgétaire de Charlevoix-Est (SAAB). This was made possible by the participation of many Casino de Charlevoix employees, who rolled up their sleeves to prepare the meals together.

The community kitchen activity was part of a giant volunteer day that saw nearly 200 Société des casinos du Québec employee volunteers giving of their time to support the food security cause. Watch the video highlights.

Preserving the environment

Partner of Circuit électrique


The Casino de Charlevoix and the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu hotel became partners of Circuit électrique and installed a station on the site so customers can recharge their vehicle during their stay. Circuit électrique, supplied by Hydro-Québec, is the largest public recharging network in Québec with 270 points of service offering 240 volt power.

Composting continues


Following the 2013 implementation of composting in areas reserved for employees, the Casino de Charlevoix expanded coverage in 2014 with the installation of triple-compartment containers to receive compostable, recycling and waste materials in areas frequented by customers. In so doing, the Corporation gives customers a more ecological disposal option. The next step will be to implement composting in the Casino’s food service areas. Once the project is complete, composting practices throughout the establishment is expected to reduce waste by an annual 30 metric tonnes, or the equivalent of approximately 2,000 garbage bags.

ICI ON RECYCLE! program


The Casino de Charlevoix has earned Level 2 – Implementation of Recyc-Québec’s ICI ON RECYCLE! program, which recognizes efforts deployed with regard to the sound management of residual materials. The implementation of various measures to reduce, reuse, recycle and reclaim (4Rs), such as composting and various actions to raise awareness, demonstrate the importance we place on proper residual materials management.

Cigarette Waste Brigade®


Last April, the Casino de Charlevoix marked Earth Day by joining the Cigarette Waste Brigade®, a TerraCycle program that recycles cigarette waste while also raising money. Customers and employees are therefore invited to place extinguished cigarette and cigar butts, cigarette filters, ashes, rolling paper and packaging plastic in the ashtrays of our outdoor smoking areas. The cigarette waste will be recycled into a variety of industrial-use products, including plastic pallets. As for leftover tobacco, it will be composted. For each pound of cigarette waste sent to TerraCycle, the Casino receives $1 that is turned over to a non-profit organization.

Employee meeting ecocertified!


The Casino de Charlevoix ecocertified an internal meeting of more than 120 employees last May. The meeting earned the Bureau de normalisation du Québec’s (BNQ) Level 3 certification for eco-friendly events, which means that cooperation was established between event organizers, service providers, participants and users to reduce the event’s environmental impact and increase economic and social benefits for the area.

Elimination of bottled water


The Casino de Charlevoix 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.

No more disposable dishes in the employee cafeteria


By removing disposable dishes in the employee cafeteria, the Casino de Charlevoix has made a significant gesture that will avoid throwing away more than 110,000 plastic glasses, 26,000 plastic plates and 250,000 plastic utensils each year.

In addition to helping reserve resources, this action promotes responsible consumption by casino employees.



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. This focus is given concrete expression in our sustainable development policy (in French only) [PDF, 288 KB, updated on June 12, 2007], adopted in 2006, and in our 2013-2015 sustainable development action plan (in French only) [PDF, 1,3 MB, online as of April 4, 2013].

Sustainable development is one of the six strategic orientations included in our 2010-2013 Strategic Plan [PDF, 1.8 MB, updated on October 19, 2010].

For more information, see our Profile of Societal Contributions [PDF, 2.5 MB, online as of October 9, 2012] or our annual report (in French only) [PDF, 2.1 MB], or visit the page dedicated to sustainable development on Loto‑Québec's web site.

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