Forbes Rates OLG A Top Employer In Canada, Only Provincial Lottery Agency Listed

Written By Matthew Lomon on January 24, 2024
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For the third consecutive year, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation ranked amongst the top employers in all of Canada.

The crown corporation announced Tuesday via a press release that it once again earned a spot on Forbes’ list of Canada’s Best Employers.

With help from German-based data analysis firm Statista, Forbes conducted an independent survey of over 40,000 employees across the country. In particular, the survey targeted workers from companies that employ over 500 people.

The evaluation, which asked a range of questions, revolved around direct and indirect recommendations from staff members. Its goal was to gauge whether they were willing to recommend their employer to friends and family. General information from the public was also gathered, according to the release.

“We are incredibly proud to be named to Forbes’ list for a third consecutive year. It means the journey we are on to build a winning culture at OLG is resonating with our employees and the investments we are making in our people are having a positive impact on how they feel about working at OLG,” said Duncan Hannay, OLG’s President and CEO.

“Our employees are deeply committed to our purpose of contributing to a better Ontario. Every day they show up and work tirelessly to deliver great gaming entertainment and make a real difference for people throughout the province. I’m honoured to work alongside all OLGers.”

OLG ranked among the top 300 companies in all of Canada

Ontario’s provincial lottery provider, which operates retail casinos, not Ontario’s online casinos, sits at number 282 on the 2024 edition of the Forbes-Statista Best Employers in Canada ranking. For those wondering, that’s one spot ahead of Best Western International and one behind Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

This year’s position of 282 is down noticeably from last year’s hold of 41. However, OLG is the only provincial gambling provider to land inside the top 300 companies in Canada.

“It is truly humbling to know that so many of our employees continue to feel OLG is a great place to work, and I want to thank all OLGers for helping us achieve this outstanding recognition,” said Esther Zdolec, OLG’s Senior Vice President of People and Culture, in the release.

“Together we are making progress on our shared goal of fostering a workplace that is inclusive, innovative and engaging — a place where different perspectives and backgrounds are valued and celebrated.”

Third-quarter revenue payments total nearly $35 million

OLG recently delivered third-quarter gambling revenue dividends to host communities of OLG-operated casinos in Ontario. The latest round of payments covered the period between October 1 and December 31, 2023. It saw approximately $34.1 million spread across 29 municipal partners.

While down about $5 million from last quarter’s bounty, communities have received over $117 million during OLG’s fiscal year (April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024).

“OLG continues to provide Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to gaming host communities for vital programs and services that benefit all Ontarians,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. “Land-based casinos offer good, local jobs and play an important role in supporting strong, vibrant communities for families to live, work and play.”

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Born in Mississauga, ON in the year 2000, Matthew Lomon grew up surrounded by sports as a fan and participant. He played baseball at both the AAA and Elite levels, travelling across Canada and the United States. After his playing career, Matthew attended Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson), graduating with distinction in the Spring of 2022 with a degree in Professional Communication.

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