Mississauga Charitable Gaming Association - Our History
Charitable gaming has existed for over 25 years in Mississauga through the operation of several bingo halls and under the direction of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. One of those centres was located in the Meadowvale area of Mississauga and was purchased in 2013 by the RAMA First Nation along with other investors. Over 30 charitable and non-profit organizations headquartered in Mississauga had been operating bingo games at the centre and using the funds generated for their charitable work.
In 2013, The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) established a new Charitable Gaming model, called cGaming, which included more than 30 charitable bingo and gaming centres in more than 25 communities across Ontario. These centres still have traditional paper bingo play but now also have electronic touch screen paperless bingo as well as other electronic games for players to enjoy.
When the new charitable gaming model was established, the association representing the charitable and non-profit organizations based at the Meadowvale Bingo Hall became the Mississauga Charitable Gaming Association (MCGA) and the hall came to be known as the RAMA Gaming House..
The MCGA is a not-for-profit Ontario corporation with a Board of Directors made up of representatives of the member charitable and non-profit organizations.
Under the cGaming model a charity is assigned to each bingo session and two volunteers attend and support the operation of the centre, but no longer handle cash or sell products as was the case prior to the introduction of the cGaming model. Charitable organizations that are part of the MCGA receive a portion of the proceeds of cGaming based on their participation in the centre.
One key function of the cGaming model is to create awareness of this unique community partnership and the direct charitable benefit to the people in our community. Through education and community support, the goal is to increase awareness and revenues for these much-needed programs and services.