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Société des casinos du Québec

Created in 1992, the Société des casinos du Québec oversees all government-run casinos in the Province of Québec

Société des casinos du Québec

Created in 1992, the Société des casinos du Québec oversees all government-run casinos in the Province of Québec

Mandate

The Société des casinos du Québec is entrusted with the mission of constructing and overseeing the management of Québec's casinos.

The Government of Québec's primary objectives are to create employment, equip the province with world-class tourism infrastructures, generate additional income for the province and recover the substantial sums of money Quebecers spend in casinos outside Québec.

Mission

The mission of the Société des casinos du Québec, a public corporation, is to oversee the systematic and effective operation, management and development of the province's casinos, thereby maintaining their role and recognition as tourist attractions that provide their various clienteles with a unique gaming and entertainment experience through innovation, diverse offerings, and the utmost in courteous customer service.

Main responsibilities:

  • To set the corporation's policies and oversee their application.
  • To assure the consistent application of the corporation's high quality standards governing both the operational and administrative aspects of gaming.
  • To maintain links between the corporation's various business units.

Organization

The Société des casinos du Québec has established an organizational structure and senior management team made up of accomplished individuals with a well-defined strategic vision and in-depth knowledge of the daily realities of casino operations and the key issues and considerations related to local tourism.

The Société des casinos du Québec attributes great importance to the quality of the food service and entertainment offered at its establishments. Its employees, selected among the graduates of the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ), include renowned chefs and sommeliers (wine waiters and waitresses).

View the SCQ Organization Chart [PDF Format, 31 KB, Help]

Economic Spin-offs

Québec's casinos quickly forged an enviable reputation throughout the international gaming industry. They are characterized most notably by their architecture, by the importance they attach to offering exceptional customer service, and by the beauty and quality of their sites.

A few figures...

  • Number of jobs directly created: over 4,947
  • Number of visits* per year: over 10.3 million
  • Number of visits to the casinos by visitors from outside the province each year: over 1.5 million
  • Sales for 2012-2013: $848 million
  • Earnings for 2012-2013: nearly $222.5 million

Economic Spin-offs for Québec

In addition to paying significant dividends to the Government of Québec, the casinos generate economic spin-offs for the entire province.

The establishment of the casinos required major fixed capital expenditures. Operating the casinos involves the creation of employment, both directly and indirectly, as well as the purchase of goods and services, 82% of which have a place of business in Québec.

Finally, other economic spin-offs can be attributed directly to the casinos' presence in Québec. In fact, the diversification of their activities led to the addition of hotel and entertainment services  that have helped increase the number of clients from outside Québec and to stimulate economic development in the province.

* Including all visits (by tourists and non-tourists)

Tourism Markets

The percentage of visits from people outside Québec is estimated at 15.8%

  • The Casino de Montréal is one of the world's largest casinos. It currently welcomes 17,000 visitors per day.
  • Together, the Casino de Charlevoix and Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu have become two of the most popular destinations among tourists from Québec and elsewhere.
  • The Casino du Lac-Leamy – Hilton Lac-Leamy Complex is one of the region's key attractions. This resort is home to a casino, a hotel, restaurants and bars, a spa and a convention centre. Le Théâtre gave over 35 representations last year and sold over 14,631 tickets.
  • The Casino de Mont-Tremblant is a welcoming, upscale establishment located in a stunning natural setting. The Casino attracts resort enthusiasts, business travellers and tourists.

When Loto-Québec was first mandated by the Government to open casinos, it was to promote economic development in the province by developing new international tourism markets, while offering new services to the local population.

In 2012-2013, Québec's casinos generated $775.4 million in gaming revenues, 15.8% of which was from clients from outside the province.

The Société des casinos provides world-class lodging, food and beverage services, and superior quality boutiques in an effort to foresee the needs and surpass the expectations of its various clienteles. Recipients of numerous international awards and honours, Resto-Casino's personnel contribute in a major way to promoting Québec as a prestigious tourist destination.

Restaurants of the Highest Distinction

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of its employees, Montréal's Nuances and Lac-Leamy's Le Baccara restaurants were awarded the coveted CAA/AAA Five Diamond rating.

Internationally acclaimed chefs, including Frédéric Bourse of Italy, Rémy Giraud of Val-de-Loire and Thierry Breton of Paris, have honoured these restaurants with their presence. In fact, epicures the world over are becoming increasingly interested in the delectable offerings of these fine establishments.

Under the direction of executive chefs Jean-Pierre Curtat at the Casino de Montréal and Denis Girard at the Casino du Lac-Leamy, the casinos' restaurants attach special importance to using seasonal products from Québec whenever possible.

History

Québec's casinos have grown considerably over the years, and today, they welcome over 10.3 million visitors each year.

In December 1992, the Québec cabinet approved and authorized the construction of two government-run casinos: one on Île Notre-Dame, in Montréal, and the other at Pointe-au-Pic in the Charlevoix region.

The creation and management of these government-run casinos was entrusted to Loto-Québec, which subsequently created three subsidiaries: the Société des casinos du Québec, given the responsibility of building the casinos and overseeing their operation, Resto-Casino, which operates the restaurants and bars at the three casinos, and Casiloc, which is in charge of acquiring, building and overseeing the casino facilities.

In June 2008, Québec's Casinos decided to merge the management operations of Resto-Casino with those of the casinos themselves. The objective was twofold: to align the business plan objectives and strategies for all the establishments, and to increase the synergy and complementarity of the group's casino, food service and hotel operations.

History of the Casino de Montréal

Located in the former Expo'67 French Pavilion (Pavillon de la France), the Casino de Montréal was inaugurated on October 9, 1993. At the time, it housed 65 gaming tables and 1,200 slot machines. The casino was an instant success, with average daily visitor numbers reaching the 12,000 mark.

The casino was expanded for the first time in 1994 and again in 1996, when it took over the former Québec Pavilion.

Major renovations began in the fall of 2009. This investment of $305.7 million over the next four years will allow the Casino to maintain its ranking in the competitive North American market.

Among the world's largest casinos, the Casino de Montréal provides five floors of gaming, each more exciting than the last, and is one of the city's star attractions.

The Casino de Montréal features:

  • a hundred of gaming tables, including 18 Texas Hold'em poker tables, more than 3,000 slot machines and 1 electronic Texas Hold'em poker table
  • four restaurants

Since 1997, the casino is open day and night, and currently welcomes some 17,800 visitors a day.

History of the Casino de Charlevoix

Inaugurated on June 24, 1994, the Casino de Charlevoix was established in the Manoir Richelieu's former summer playhouse on the cliffs of Pointe-au-Pic, a panoramic site visited by vacationers for over a century.

The Casino de Charlevoix quickly became a veritable economic driver for the region and one of Charlevoix's biggest attractions.

In 1998, Loto-Québec teamed up with Canadian Pacific Hotels and the Solidarity Fund QFL to acquire Manoir Richelieu (now called Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu), renovate it and expand the Casino de Charlevoix.

Reopening in June 1999, the complex has since become a world-class resort. The Casino de Charlevoix also became the first of Québec's casinos to be linked to a hotel.

In 2009, the Casino celebrated its 15th anniversary in its newly expanded facilities.

The Casino de Charlevoix houses more than 900 slot machines and some 20 gaming tables, including 7 traditional poker tables, 950 slot machines, two bars and a scenic view of the Saint Lawrence River.

History of the Casino du Lac-Leamy

The Casino du Lac-Leamy was the first of Québec's casinos to be built from the ground up. It was inaugurated on March 24, 1996.

During the 2000-2001 fiscal year, the Société des casinos du Québec launched a major $210 million expansion project with the aim of expanding the casino, building a 350-room luxury hotel (the Hilton Lac-Leamy), conference centre and performance hall. The Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel and Le Théâtre du Casino opened their doors in the fall of 2001.

In September 2012, the Casino began a $50 million renovation project in its gaming area. Scheduled to be unveiled in January 2015, this make-over will include a new central bar and nightclub, a renovated high limits lounge and main entrance hall as well as the addition of a multimedia structure. This "Casino of Tomorrow" will create an entirely new ambiance, contributing to a renewed entertainment experience for the Casino's clientele.

History of the Casino de Mont-Tremblant

On April 13, 2008, were officially announced plans for the creation of the Casino de Mont Tremblant.

Inaugurated June 24, 2009, the Casino de Mont-Tremblant is an upscale establishment located in a stunning natural setting. Thanks to the choice of natural materials, such as water, stone, wood, leather and suede in warm and intense colours, this casino is a world in itself.

The casino's three floors house a large and distinctive assortment of games, featuring 500 slot machines, 16 gaming tables with croupiers and 4 Texas Hold'em poker tables. The casino also includes two private lounges, a seafood and grill restaurant with the capacity of 82 in the dining room and 30 on the outdoor terrasse and a bar. In September 2011, the Casino added four banquet halls with a capacity of 200 persons.

Careers

To view the current employment opportunities at the Casino du Lac-Leamy and apply for a position, visit our page on the Careers web site of Loto-Québec and its subsidiaries, available in French only.

Please note that you must be fluent in the French language and prepared to work in a French-speaking environment.

Benefit poker tournaments


Québec's casinos wish to play an active and socially responsible role in the Québec community. As such, they are seeking to sponsor benefit poker tournaments.
Learn more and submit a request.

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