Olg Casino North Bay

Casino Proposal

It seems to me that in the absence of a public statement from the OLG, we must believe that the map boundaries are correct and that outside communities can't bid on a casino,” Janet Zimbalatti, a representative of the Blue Sky Bingo Hall Charities Association, told council Monday.

Municipal politicians at the time raised concerns the city - as the largest contributor to the Nipissing District Social Services Administration Board - would be left to shoulder much of the costs without any of the benefits, namely a share of the casino's revenue.

OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is leading the integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy.

Gateway has signed a business transition and asset purchase agreement with OLG on December 12, 2016 and, subject to customary closing conditions, is committed to subsequently signing a 20-year casino operating and services agreement when the acquisition closes next year.

She pointed to OLG's N5 gaming zone map boundaries, which identifies the city as the potential site, noting there's other information on OLG's website that refers to a population of 65,000 in the N5 zone, as well as a statement indicating gaming zones may be subject to change.

Bitonti indicated the boundaries of OLG's gaming zones were determined by a model that looked at a number of factors, including proximity to other gaming zones and gaming facilities, current and potential customers, as well as the distance a customer is willing to travel to reach a gaming site.

The Ontario expansion will bring eleven new properties (nine existing and two planned new builds) to the Gateway portfolio when fully implemented, making Gateway the largest and most diversified gaming company in Canada with properties in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta.

Central to Gateway's success has been the development of exciting proprietary casino brands and signature restaurant brands that have dramatically improved the gaming customer experience while generating important, new customer segments among non-gamers.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) says in a news release today that it has selected Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) as the service provider for the North and Southwest Gaming Bundles, which includes a new casino in North Bay.

The North Gaming Bundle includes OLG Casinos in Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. If there were to be a change in any municipality's willingness to be a host community, OLG would respect the municipal decision-making process,” said Bitonti, who indicated an announcement is expected in early 2017.


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