The City is seeking the input of residents on whether or not it should support the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) possibly locating a casino operation in Kingston. A public meeting to receive feedback on this question has been set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 in Memorial Hall, City Hall at 216 Ontario St.
The public meeting will be attended by members of City Council, City staff and will be chaired by Mayor Mark Gerretsen. It will include a brief presentation of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s (OLG) process to modernize lottery and gaming in Ontario, followed by an opportunity for members of the public to speak. Those wishing to speak are being asked to register at the welcome table prior to the start of the meeting. Speakers will be chosen in random order and will each be allowed to speak for up to five minutes.
Members of the public may also share their opinion with the City through the following channels:
- Online Survey
- Telephone Survey: 613-546-0000
- Written comments to: Daniel Shipp, City of Kingston, City Hall, 216 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3, E-mail: [email protected]
The deadline for comment is August 14, 2012.
All feedback and comment on this issue will be compiled into a Report to Council that will be presented at a special meeting called no later than September, 2012.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is opening the provincial gaming industry to private sector operators this fall. In preparation, the OLG wants to pre-determine the interest for possibly establishing a casino in Kingston and other communities in its E3 gaming zone, including Ganonoque and Leeds and Grenville United Counties, which already co-host a casino in Gananoque. Only one casino per gaming zone would be allowed.
For a gaming facility to be considered within the limits of the City of Kingston, Council must resolve to indicate support for a facility by the fall of 2012.
The OLG will not locate a gaming facility in a community whose Council does not want one. Should Council decide to support a facility in Kingston that would allow the OLG and private sector operators to initiate a RFP (request for proposal) process that includes Kingston as a potential location. More information can be found in the July 17, Report to Council.
What happens after Council votes?
If Council votes against supporting a gaming site in the city, the OLG will no longer consider any sites in Kingston as a potential location for a gaming facility. If Council votes in favour of supporting a gaming site in Kingston, the OLG will consider submissions from private operators to locate a casino within the City of Kingston. At this stage, the OLG will receive proposals from potential private sector operators for sites within the zone. From any and all site submissions made, the OLG will determine whether a site in Kingston would be the preferred gaming site in this part of the province. The OLG will also select the private sector operator. The City of Kingston would undertake its normal development review process for any proposed site within the City boundaries.