While the province is all abuzz with the news of the new GTA casino project, other areas in the province are also interested in hosting new gambling venues. Wasaga is one such municipality, having recently taken the OLG up on its offer to be a host city for a new gambling venue. While the initial decision was made last month, this week saw a big development, as Wasaga Beach Council has approved a Memorandum of Understanding on the issue of a new casino.
The Memorandum of Understanding establishes an agreement between Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Clearview and Springwater to consider the possibility of bringing a gambling venue to the area. The towns will work together on a collaborative effort in determining the benefits hosting a casino.
The next step for the towns is a closed information session with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. This event will take place on September 5th and will fill the townships in on the details of the potential new gambling venue. It will provide them the information they need to know about hosting a gambling venue, giving them more insight that will help them make their decision.
Other potential host cities are welcome to come forward, as the OLG has opened up the floor to all municipalities across the province. It is part of the OLG’s plan to expand, which also includes opening an online gambling website and hosting a casino within the Greater Toronto Area. Any other cities interested in hosting a casino or gambling venue will be required to come forward by the end of October for the OLG to consider their request. At the moment, Wasaga seems to be the only municipality interested, but we imagine more will step forward shortly.