Municipal Input

OLG is engaging communities across
Ontario on modernization

The approach has three basic steps:

  • 1. Confirm the municipality’s interest in hosting a gaming facility
  • 2. Choose a private sector service provider for the gaming facility through a fair and competitive procurement process
  • 3. Work with the municipality, the service provider and the Government of Ontario to determine the location of the site—if the gaming facility is new or the service provider proposes to relocate an existing facility within the Gaming Zone

OLG will only locate gaming sites in communities that want them. The first step is for a municipality to seek public input and pass a resolution formally indicating that it is interested in hosting a gaming facility. As part of this resolution, the municipality may indicate conditions of its approval, such as where a gaming site may or may not be located (subject to the boundaries of the Gaming Zone). The conditions must be reasonable and commercially viable, consistent with OLG’s legal responsibilities under the Criminal Code of Canada, and align with the government’s policy direction.

The second step is for OLG to choose the private sector operator. OLG’s fair and competitive procurement process includes a Request for Information (RFI), a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ), and a Request for Proposal (RFP). As part of this procurement process, OLG will ensure that potential operators understand the wishes of the host municipality.

If the selected private sector operator proposes to build a new site in the municipality, or relocate an existing site, the third step is to work with the municipality. The successful proponent would need to work with the municipality on specifics details, including a preferred location—just as would happen for any major development. Municipalities will have a say in many of the aspects of the development including location, design, building height, density etc. For the host municipality, zoning and development restrictions are key tools to ensure that whichever site is chosen, it will benefit the community.

Before a site is built or relocated, the service provider must present a commercially viable business case for approval by OLG and the Government of Ontario.