First wave of gaming Requests for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) comes to a close

Almost one year after it was launched, the modernization of lottery and gaming in Ontario is continuing with the close of two gaming RFPQs. In November 2012, OLG launched its first wave of RFPQs for the modernization of gaming in Ontario, which included one RFPQ each for the Ottawa Area, Eastern Ontario Gaming Bundle, and Northern Ontario Gaming Bundle. On March 7, 2013, the Ottawa area and Eastern Ontario RFPQs came to a close. The Northern Ontario RFPQ will close on March 14, 2013. OLG will now undertake its due diligence in evaluating submissions for the two RFPQs and select service providers who are eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents. As part of the RFP process, pre-qualified service providers proposals can include building new gaming site anywhere in a Gaming Zone, where there is support from the municipality. But successful proponents will need to work with the host municipality on the specifics of a facility, including the preferred location.  Where Gaming Zones have been bundled, a service provider’s proposal will need to be for the entire bundle, not for individual Gaming Zones or Gaming Sites. This means that service providers demonstrate their ability to take over specific day-to-day operations at multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of Ontario. In the coming months, OLG will launch RFPQs for the remaining Gaming Zones – some in Gaming Bundles. Read the full announcement