Backgrounder: Gaming Zones in the GTA Gaming Bundle

GAMING ZONE CURRENT OLG GAMING SITE HOST COMMUNITY
C2 OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack City of Toronto
C3 OLG Slots at Ajax Downs Town of Ajax
C8 Great Blue Heron Casino Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation
   

C2 Gaming Zone

OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack opened in 2000. The site has more than 3,000 electronic games and employs 744 people (as of June 16, 2017).

The City of Toronto received more than $15 million in 2015-16 for hosting the Woodbine facility.

Since March 2000, the City of Toronto has received more than $240 million in hosting fees.

OLG’s procurement process outlined a maximum of 5,000 electronic games and up to 2,400 live table gaming positions (up to 400 tables) for the C2 Gaming Zone. The site currently does not have any live table games.

On July 7, 2015, Toronto City Council passed a resolution granting conditional approval to expanded gaming—including the addition of table games—at Woodbine Racetrack, subject to the fulfilment of 21 conditions.

Council’s resolution includes a compulsory report back from the City Manager. The City Manager will prepare a report that assesses how the service provider has met, or will contractually commit to meeting, the City’s conditions. The City Manager will provide the report to City Council. Once Council receives the report, it will vote on whether to approve gaming expansion at Woodbine.

 

C3 Gaming Zone

OLG Slots at Ajax Downs opened in February 2006. The site currently has 800 electronic games* and employs 359 people (as of June 16, 2017).

The Town of Ajax received more than $7.3 million in 2015-16 for hosting the Ajax facility.

Since February of 2006, the Town of Ajax has received more than $61 million in hosting fees.

OLG’s procurement process outlined a maximum of 2,500 electronic games** and up to 1,200 live table game positions (up to 200 tables)** for the C3 Gaming Zone. The site currently does not have any live table games.

There are three willing host communities in the gaming zone: Ajax, Pickering and Whitby. Each municipality has passed a resolution indicating their interest in hosting a gaming site located within their borders.

*The Town of Ajax’s current by-law only allows for 800 slot machines at the site.  Although the Town has rezoned for the lift of that cap and the addition of table games, that decision is currently being appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.

**For the C3 Gaming Zone and the C8 Gaming Zone there is an aggregate cap: between those two zones there can be no more than 3,100 slot machines and 1,560 live table game positions (up to 260 tables).

 

C8 Gaming Zone

he Great Blue Heron Casino opened in 1997 on the lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN). The site houses more than 500 slot machines, 60 live table games and employs 1100 people (as of June 16, 2017).

Great Blue Heron Casino is currently operated by a third party gaming operator, Casinos Austria International and its local partners.

In August 2016, OLG announced that a number of agreements had been reached between the Government of Ontario, OLG, MSIFN and other parties. Great Blue Heron Casino was then added to the GTA Gaming Bundle during the procurement process.

OLG’s procurement process outlined a maximum of 2,500 electronic games** and up to 1,200 live table game positions (up to 200 tables)** for the C8 Gaming Zone.

**For the C3 Gaming Zone and the C8 Gaming Zone there is an aggregate cap: between those two zones there can be no more than 3,100 slot machines and 1,560 live table game positions (approximately 260 tables).

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