The B.C. Lottery Corporation says it is forced to lay off 67 workers and cut costs to deal with flattening revenues as more gamblers move online. In a statement by the corporation on Friday morning, roles were eliminated through attrition and voluntary termination where possible.
Interim President Jim Lightbody says the future of gambling is online as the games move away from casinos and onto smartphones. BCLC already operate online through PlayNow.com where it has built a team to handle the online gambling business and also provide an online gambling solution for the province of Manitoba. The crown corporation is facing the same challenges as other lottery agencies across Canada.
The job cuts included 29 workers in Kamloops, 33 in Vancouver and five field staff who worked around the province. BCLC plans to cut $20 million in operating costs and $20 million from capital projects to sustain its current net income.
BCLC generates more than $1 billion in revenue for the provincial government each year.