NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Year Ended March 31, 2016
1. GENERAL INFORMATION
Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority Inc. (“SIGA”) is incorporated under
The Non-profit Corporations Act, 1995
Saskatchewan as a Charitable Corporation. Class A Memberships in SIGA are owned by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian
Nations (“FSIN”) and each of ten Tribal Councils in Saskatchewan that are recognized by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming
Commission of the FSIN, as well as one independent member. The Government of Saskatchewan and the FSIN completed a
Framework Agreement in 2002 that authorizes SIGA to operate casinos. SIGA operates six casinos in accordance with the 2002
Casino Operating Agreement (“Agreement”) with Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (“SLGA”). SLGA is responsible
for the overall conduct and management of the slot machines in those casinos as required under
The Criminal Code of Canada
Under the Agreement, SIGA is entitled to withhold the casinos’ operating expenses, incurred in accordance with the operating
policies and directives approved by SLGA, from slot machine revenues. SIGA is required to deposit the remainder into a trust
account for SLGA in accordance with the procedures and formulas specified in the Agreement as outlined below. Under the
Agreement, SIGA is entitled to recover, in any year, any net loss from the operation of licensed table games and ancillary
operations from the net income earned from the operation of slot machines. The Agreement provides for SIGA to use any net
income from the operation of licensed table games for charitable or religious objects or purposes. The Agreement expires on
June 10, 2027.
The Agreement also provides for SIGA to remit to SLGA the net income from the operation of the slot machines in the SIGA
casinos. More specifically, net income from the operation of slot machines is remitted to SLGA in accordance with a formula as
defined in the Agreement. This formula provides for SIGA to remit to SLGA, on a weekly basis, one-half of the amount by which
actual slot machine gaming revenue exceeds one-fifty-second of SIGA’s annual budget. Shortfalls in weekly slot machine gaming
revenue as compared to budget are recoverable against future remittances. The remaining one-half of the amount determined
above is remitted to SLGA within one hundred and eighty days of the applicable week. Pursuant to the Agreement, if, at the end
of any operating year, SIGA has not been fully reimbursed for amounts to which it is entitled for the operation of casinos, such
amounts may be recovered from future operations. SIGA is allowed to retain $5,000,000 as a capital reserve for the sole purpose
of acquiring capital assets.
Also, under the Agreement, SIGA has granted a first charge security interest on all its present and after acquired assets to SLGA
to secure contractual obligations of SIGA under the Agreement. However, the Agreement requires that upon joint written request
by SIGA and its lenders, SLGA shall postpone such security in favour of the lenders who require a prior charge relating to funds
lent to SIGA for the financing of its operations carried out in accordance with the Agreement.
On June 11, 2002, the Government of Saskatchewan and the FSIN signed a gaming Framework Agreement which expires on
June 10, 2027. The Government must distribute, in accordance with the provisions of the Framework Agreement, the income
remitted to SLGA. Under the provisions of the 2002 Framework Agreement, the Government of Saskatchewan, as represented by
the Minister responsible for SLGA, is entitled to recover its proportion of expenses that SLGA determines are not in accordance
with the approved operating policies and directives from the future amounts payable to the First Nations Trust Fund.
Effective for the year ended March 31, 2008 and subsequent years, the Casino Operating Agreement between SLGA and SIGA
was amended to exclude unrealized gains and losses on interest rate swaps from the calculation of net Casino profits payable
SIGA was incorporated under
The Non-profit Corporations Act
and is not subject to income tax under the provision of
paragraph 149(1)(l) of the
Income Tax Act
(Canada). SIGA pays Goods and Services Tax and Provincial Sales Tax to government
agencies and claims input tax credits on its ancillary operations.
SIGA is a corporation domiciled in Canada. SIGA’s head office is located at 103 Packham Avenue in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,
Canada, S7N 4K4.