TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has posted an addendum to the GTA Gaming Bundle Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) on the procurement website, MERX™.
OLG is taking steps to include criteria within its ongoing procurement process to address support for horse racing sustainability and the integration of horse racing into provincial gaming, within current federal and provincial legislative frameworks. The addendum states that GTA RFPQ submissions now require details related to applicants’ experience with horse racing activities.
Applicants are asked to provide three examples of horse racing experience relevant to the opportunity as set out in the GTA Gaming Bundle. The examples must be from a current operation or one operated within the last 10 years. The examples must also be related to the experience of a prime team member associated with the submission.
On March 3, 2014, OLG announced it was extending the submission deadline for the GTA Gaming Bundle RFPQ to May 8, 2014.
At approximately $2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization will help OLG provide more money to Ontario for hospitals and other government priorities.
Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a professional Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness. The Fairness Monitor has reviewed the change to include criteria to address support for horse racing sustainability within the gaming procurement process.
While the new gaming model will include securing qualified service providers for the day-to-day operation of gaming, OLG will continue to conduct and manage lottery and gaming in Ontario. OLG will also continue to help prevent and mitigate the effects of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which is recognized internationally by the World Lottery Association’s certification program, and at 16 gaming sites by the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada’s RG Check program.
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.
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