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Sustainable development

Discover our most recent initiatives.

Sustainable development

Discover our most recent initiatives.

Sustainable development

In this section, you will learn about the many efforts the Casino du Lac-Leamy 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

Our Restaurants Partner with Ocean Wise

Preserving the environment

Our restaurants, Le Baccara and Arôme Seafood and Grill, are proud to support the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. When you see this symbol on our menus, you are choosing sustainably sourced seafood.

Economic efficiency

Service contracts awarded to local suppliers

The Casino du Lac-Leamy awards more than 50 service contracts to local suppliers each year (maintenance, landscaping, food, etc.). This represents nearly 400 indirect jobs that are created or maintained by the Casino.

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

This policy is used by all of Québec’s casinos.

Social equity

Sidewalk Sale for Moisson Outaouais

After the renovation of Banco restaurant, a “sidewalk sale” was organized to allow Casino du Lac-Leamy employees to purchase items from the restaurant and La Marina bar, such as tables, seating and light fixtures. Thanks to this initiative, $3,300 were donated to Moisson Outaouais, a local food bank.

Volunteer Day Benefits Moisson Outaouais

Approximately sixty Casino du Lac-Leamy employees took part in the Casinos du Québec Volunteer Day. The goal was to collect non-perishable items for Moisson Outaouais, the regional food bank. Teams of casino volunteers took turns collecting donated items at several Gatineau area supermarkets, while others sorted what was collected at the Moisson Outaouais warehouse.

Thanks to their efforts, more than 4,100 kg of food were collected, the equivalent of more than 4,000 meals for people in need.

The gift of life

For the third consecutive year, the Casino du Lac-Leamy provided a free venue for the Héma-Québec blood drive. Fifteen casino employees lent a helping hand, working as volunteers for the event. More than 150 donors signed up, of which more than one-third were our own employees.

Our thanks to everyone for the generous gift of life!

Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie

Our Rouleurs des Casinos team of six employee-cyclists completed more than 1,000 kilometres in 60 hours during the the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie (GDPL) marathon in June. This activity promotes healthy lifestyles for youth through regular physical activity, a healthy diet and staying in school. Funds raised during the event were donated to the GDPL and to the St-Jean-Bosco elementary school in Gatineau.

Kudos to Les Rouleurs des Casinos!

Champions for Change

For the third consecutive year, 12 employees each received a cheque in the amount of $500 to give to their favourite organization as Champions for Change in Loto-Québec’s Involved in the Community program. This initiative is a way of providing funding to non-profit organizations in which our employees regularly volunteer.

The Casino du Lac-Leamy is proud to recognize employees who are involved with non-profit organizations in their community.

A Valentine’s Day meal at Le Gîte Ami

Their hearts filled with love, 33 Casino du Lac-Leamy employees took part in a volunteer day at Le Gîte Ami, a temporary community shelter for persons dealing with social exclusion and homelessness.
On Valentine’s Day, persons in need could tuck into a memorable meal prepared and served by Casino employees.

The event was held as part of the Community Involvement program, which encourages employees to volunteer their time to good causes. In fact, we are already looking into repeating the experience with other organizations and the outlook in this regard is quite positive!

Our heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers!

Our partnership with La Tablée des Chefs: a success story!

The Casino du Lac-Leamy partners with the Tablée des Chefs to redistribute surplus food from Casino restaurants and service points through Moisson Outaouais. This is tangible action aimed at feeding the needy in the Outaouais region.

The Tablée des Chefs provides a sustainable food brokerage service, networking producers of surplus food with groups that redistribute it to the needy. The Casino du Lac-Leamy is the first Outaouais business to commit to food redistribution with the Tablée des Chefs on a regular basis. Since last June, we provided 9000 meals to community organizations as La Soupe populaire de Hull, the Gîte-ami, the Centre alimentaire d’Aylmer and Moisson Outaouais.

Preserving the environment

Our Restaurants Partner with Ocean Wise

Our restaurants, Le Baccara and Arôme Seafood and Grill, are proud to support the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. When you see this symbol on our menus, you are choosing sustainably sourced seafood.

Eco-Responsible Waste Management

The Casino du Lac-Leamy is proud to contribute to the protection of the environment by managing waste in an eco-responsible manner. In keeping with that principle, used equipment that is not fit to be donated to an organization in the region and would otherwise be sent to the trash will now be handed over to organizations specializing in materials recovery. Each item will be disposed of according to type: electronics and computer equipment will be sent to a Gatineau factory specializing in the recycling of communications and IT waste; textiles will be shredded and reused as insulation; all types of metals will be sent to a company that melts them down; and, finally, dangerous substances and chemical products will be sent to a company certified by the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement, de la Faune et des parcs, where they will be treated and recycled in an environmentally respectful manner.

Helping the Environment on a Daily Basis

The Casino du Lac-Leamy encourages its employees to make an effort to help the environment on a daily basis. Two additional recycling bins have been installed to collect small electronic devices as well as Nespresso or Tassimo capsules. Nearly 176 cubic feet of items have been sent to a local company that specializes in the recycling and management of assorted waste. Congratulations for this excellent initiative!

Electric recharging stations for customers

The Casino du Lac-Leamy has installed two electric recharging stations in its parking facilities for clients to use during their visit. This is just one more of the establishment’s many sustainable development and social commitment initiatives. These new recharging stations are part of the Circuit électrique, Québec’s largest public recharging network, which currently boasts nearly 200 240-volt recharging stations.

The Casino du Lac-Leamy Honoured for its Energy Efficiency Program

The Casino du Lac-Leamy is one of the thirteen Québec businesses honoured by Hydro-Québec for their considerable efforts in implementing energy efficiency programs. Discover the members of the réseau Écoélectrique.

An efficient composting system

The Casino du Lac-Leamy has been a participant in Gatineau’s municipal composting program for a little more than a year. Thanks to its compostable matter reclamation system, the Casino is able to divert hundreds of tons of composted organic matter from landfill sites.

Both customers and employees participate daily in this by using the appropriate bins that are available in all kitchens, dining areas, bars, bathrooms and gaming areas of the Casino. This initiative helps educate more than three million annual visitors about the importance of the environment.

Elimination of bottled water

The Casino du Lac-Leamy 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.

Ecoresponsible event packages

The Casino du Lac-Leamy convention centre now offers a solution for event organizers looking to responsibly manage their events. Four new, ready-to-go packages now let them organize and promote acknowledged actions that incorporate the principles of sustainable development.
The packages incorporate the principles set out by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec and assist organizers in taking concrete measures to reduce the ecological footprint of their events through offsets, support for local businesses and trash reclamation.

Ecological horticulture

The Casino du Lac-Leamy has moved forward with environmentally-friendly horticulture that includes the use of annuals, hardy plants that can tolerate drought and 100% natural fertilizers.

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

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

For more information, see our Profile of Societal Contributions [PDF format, 2.5 MB - Help, online as of October 9, 2012] or our annual report [PDF format, 2.1 MB - Help, online as of August 8, 2013], or visit the page dedicated to sustainable development on Loto-Québec's web site.

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