The City of Greater Sudbury is seeking input from its citizens about potential locations
and complementary developments for an expanded casino in the community.
An open house
will be held Oct. 10 at city hall from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by an
informal presentation at 6:30 p.m.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has adopted a new model for gaming facilities across the
province which will transfer casino development and operations from the public
to the private sector. The OLG initiative also ends a direct relationship
between horse racing facilities and gaming sites.
“The new gaming model adopted
by the province provides opportunity to our city,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor
Marianne Matichuk. “We encourage citizens to share their comments and ideas
about potential locations for an expanded casino and complementary investments
that could be packaged with an expanded facility.”
The OLG will issue a request
for proposal this fall to pre-selected bidders for comprehensive proposals to
develop casinos in 29 zones across Ontario, including Greater Sudbury. Ideas
gathered during Greater Sudbury’s open house will be forwarded to the OLG for
consideration during their review of development proposals.
The Greater Sudbury Development
Corporation has held informal discussions with more than a dozen potential
candidates in the private sector. Informal discussions have identified four
geographical areas of interest: Sudbury’s south end, vacant lands east of the
Kingsway, Sudbury Downs and downtown Sudbury. None of these areas has been
approved or identified by council as a potential site for a future gaming