TORONTO, ON – Today, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) marks the close of the Requests for Pre-Qualification (RFPQs) for the West GTA and Central Gaming Bundles. The RFPQs were issued on December 12, 2013.
OLG is now in active procurement across the province. With the closing of the RFPQs for the West GTA and Central Gaming Bundles, OLG will undertake its due diligence in evaluating the submissions.
From the RFPQ submissions, OLG will select the service providers eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) document for each Gaming Bundle.
Interested service providers were required to submit proposals for the entire Gaming Bundle as set out in the RFPQs, not for individual Gaming Zones or Gaming Sites contained within the Gaming Bundle.
As announced on March 3, 2014, OLG has extended the RFPQ submission deadline for the GTA Gaming Bundle to May 8, 2014. OLG will be posting an addendum to the GTA Gaming Bundle RFPQ in the coming weeks. In order to protect the integrity of the procurement process, OLG will not provide further details about the addendum until it is posted on MERXTM and available to all proponents at the same time.
OLG expects to begin issuing gaming RFP documents in the coming months.
As part of modernization, OLG is continuing to work with the Ontario government and the horse racing sector to integrate horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy. This includes the development of competitive, customer-appealing products to help grow a sustainable horseracing industry in Ontario for the long-term. OLG is also providing its expertise in marketing and Responsible Gambling.
To OLG, the integrity of its procurement process is of the utmost importance. OLG is following the Government of Ontario’s procurement guidelines to ensure that the process is fair and competitive. In addition, throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a professional Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.
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 contributes nearly $2 billion annually to the Ontario government. Modernization will enable OLG to provide additional revenue to the Province to help fund the operation of hospitals and other provincial priorities. At the same time, it could help to create jobs across Ontario and trigger private sector investment.
For more details on Gaming Zones/Bundles, including a maps, visit:http://corporate.olg.ca/modernizing-lottery-and-gaming-in-ontario-project-status/
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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