Grand Villa Casino Brings 200 New Jobs to Edmonton

Grand Villa Casino

Grand Villa CasinoGateway Casinos and Entertainment (Gateway) is recruiting to fill 200 new positions at its new Grand Villa Casino due to open this summer. A variety of culinary, gaming and hospitality positions are available. Applications are being accepted online at The company has also been holding career fairs since January.

The Grand Villa Edmonton is a new $32 million luxury entertainment, gaming and dining venue adjacent to Rogers Place in the ICE District, Canada’s largest mixed-use sports and entertainment district. The 60,000+ square foot property shares a corridor with Rogers Place, connects to the Winter Garden and shares a roof with the community rink. The Grand Villa Edmonton joins the Grand Villa Burnaby in British Columbia to anchor Gateway’s premier casino and entertainment brand.

The Grand Villa will feature a gaming floor twice the size of the one in the Baccarat Casino, upscale dining, and live entertainment. Tony Santo, Gateway CEO said, “Our goal is to be the nicest casino in Edmonton, that’s why we’re calling it the Grand Villa. It’s much more of an entertaining space, this isn’t just a casino like you’d see at the Baccarat today with one single snack bar. This is a place where people can go, have a good time, and if you want to gamble you can do that too,” according to CTV Edmonton.

The Grand Villa Edmonton is the first ICE District development to begin a major recruiting drive. Gateway, which held two career fairs for the new property in January, is clearly bullish on a revitalized downtown. The Grand Villa will be among the first ICE District entertainment venues to open its doors. Mayor Don Iveson told CTV Edmonton “People are trying to say that Alberta is grinding to a halt, I can’t speak for the rest of the province but we’re still seeing strong job growth, despite all this doom and gloom around us.”

Gateway will further shift its Edmonton casino portfolio upscale, and create some 250 new full-time positions in the process, with a massive renovation of the Palace Casino at the West Edmonton Mall. A $40 million investment, this renovation will see the Palace Casino re-branded as the Starlight Edmonton. The Baccarat Casino in downtown Edmonton will be closed and its employees transferred to the new Grand Villa Edmonton. In addition to the Edmonton investments the company is developing new properties in Penticton, BC and Ontario.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited is owned and operated by the Catalyst Capital Group Inc. Catalyst, a Canadian private equity investment firm. One of Canada’s premier casino operators, the company was founded in 1992 and now operates sixteen properties across British Columbia and Alberta, employing more than 3,800 people.