Southwest gaming Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) comes to a close

OLG’s RFPQ for the Southwest Gaming Bundle is now closed, marking another milestone in the continuing modernization of lottery and gaming in Ontario. With the gaming RFPQs launched to date, OLG is in active procurement in more than half of its 29 Gaming Zones.  The Southwest Gaming Bundle RFPQ was issued on May 29, 2013 and closed on August 8, 2013. OLG will now undertake its due diligence in evaluating the RFPQ submissions and select service providers who will be eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents.  As part of the RFP process, pre-qualified service providers proposals can include building a 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.  As part of its modernization, OLG is working with the government and horse racing industry stakeholders to integrate horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy in order to ensure future revenue streams for the industry. In July, OLG took part in four of the Panel’s industry consultation sessions to discuss ideas put forth by the Panel in its consultation report. In the coming months, OLG will launch RFPQs for the remaining Gaming Zones.  Read the full announcement