The OLG is in the middle of its modernization strategy as it handles inquiries from various communities. However, the casinos in Niagara Falls were noticeably absent from the OLG’s modernization strategy, though Mayor Jim Diodati wants a seat at the province’s new gambling table.
The Niagara Falls mayor convinced city councilors to unanimously support asking the Ontario government for new casinos or other gambling destinations in the region. Councilors also supported issuing a Request for Proposal to include the current Fallsview Casino and Casino Niagara in the OLG’s modernization strategy.
In a statement following the council vote, Mayor Diodati stated that Niagara Falls must be included in the modernization strategy to remain competitive with other locations across the province, and across the border in the US.
“Our Council has always been supportive of the gaming in , and our doors are always open to expanding and strengthening our casino industry. It is the logical place in to expand the gaming sector and attract more tourism, jobs, investment and spending.”
The OLG modernization plan involves renewed focus on quality customer service, and establishing partnerships with qualified operators to manage casinos, slots, and racetracks.
Diodati intends to speak directly with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa regarding the Niagara Falls motion. One of the items on the table will be developing a 7,000 seat theatre to diversify one or both of the casinos as entertainment destinations in addition to gambling facilities.
Wynne and Sousa have the authority to ensure the OLG takes motions from city councils into consideration. The two provincial leaders are undergoing a similar review in Ottawa, where the local government is demanding a second casino in the region.