Everyone has something to say about the potential for a new casino in the downtown core of Toronto. From American gaming operators to local politicians – everyone has an opinion. However, there is one group of individuals that has yet to weigh in: the people who live here.
According to a recent poll published on Global Toronto, 54% of Torontonians would support a new casino in the city. The remainder believed that a new casino would have a positive impact on Toronto. While the numbers are pretty close, the fact remains that more residents are on board with the idea of a new casino.
The main reason for support of the new casino is the positive impact that it will have on the local economy. Creating new jobs and generating more government revenue would help to boost Toronto’s economy, which does require some improvement. Other reasons are the increase in tourism (27%) and the addition of a fun, new entertainment venue (11%).
Quite a few respondents (24%) are looking forward to not having to travel in order to visit a casino. Currently, the closest casinos are Casino Rama, which is in accessible by public transit, and Woodbine, which is at the very end of the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Both casinos present a long trek for players, and many citizens are looking forward to having a gambling venue closeby.