The commission rate for VLTs is increasing. Introduced as part of the provincial budget, the site contractors who host the machines will see their commission go from 15 percent to 18 percent.  

"As a hospitality business, we're pleased to welcome customers back into our restaurant and lounge after some challenging times during the pandemic," said Joel Kish, the owner of the Ice House in Emerald Park. "The extra financial support from increased VLT commissions will help us maintain our operations as business continues to recover." 

The commission is paid to site contractors to compensate for the space and electrical services of the machines, as well as for handling things like paying out prizes, emptying cashboxes and cleaning the machines.  

"The hospitality sector in our province provides employment and creates economic opportunities in communities across the province," Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Jim Reiter said. "The increase is an important change for business and brings Saskatchewan's commission rates in line with other jurisdictions across Canada." 

There are 4,200 VLTs in place in Saskatchewan. They are installed in roughly 570 licensed establishments in 270 communities. The increase in the commission is expected to generate an additional $6.66 million for site contractors a year.