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Greater Sudbury

Casino

Expanded Casino Development in Greater Sudbury

Introduction

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has adopted a new model for gaming facilities across the province which will transfer casino development and operations from the public to the private sector. The OLG initiative also ends a direct relationship between horse racing facilities and gaming sites.

Since the announcement on May 17, 2012, City of Greater Sudbury staff has been monitoring OLG announcements, participating in meetings with OLG officials, and fielding inquiries from interested developers and gaming operators.

More information concerning Modernization of Lottery and Gaming in Ontario is available here.

Greater Sudbury Support for Gaming

On May 15th, 2012 the Council for the City of Greater Sudbury unanimously passed the following motion:

Matichuk/Berthiaume: 

  • WHEREAS the Provincial Government intends to sever the agreement between Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) and racetracks as of March 31, 2013;
     
  • AND WHEREAS the 5% revenue received by the host community must be preserved, or enhanced as it contributes to the community's general revenue fund, helping to reduce taxes and provide essential community services;
     
  • AND WHEREAS the implementation of the OLG Report Modernizing Lottery and Gaming in Ontario will impact municipalities and the future of gaming;
     
  • THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Greater Sudbury will continue to support gaming as approved by Council and will continue to be a willing host for gaming as it evolves;
     
  • AND BE IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED THAT a copy of this resolution be sent to the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario; the Honourable Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance; the Honourable Rick Bartolucci, MPP Sudbury; France Gèlinas, MPP Nickel Belt; and Rod Phillips, President and Chief Executive Officer, OLG.

On August 14th, 2012 the Council for the City of Greater Sudbury adopted the following principles as the municipality's position on potential casino development:

  1. The City of Greater Sudbury welcomes the results of OLG's Gaming Modernization Initiative and commits to working with the successful proponent of the forthcoming Request for Proposals;
     
  2. The City of Greater Sudbury encourages gaming facility investment proponents to maximize benefits to the community by identifying and developing opportunities for ancillary and complementary amenities as part of their proposal;
     
  3. The City of Greater Sudbury may consider the sale of municipal property for a gaming facility based on the proponent's commitment to develop ancillary and complementary amenities which benefit the Greater Sudbury community;

FURTHER THAT staff be directed to convey this information to OLG for their information and use as part of the Request for Proposal for the Sudbury Gaming Zone;

AND FINALLY THAT staff be directed to initiate an open house information session to seek public input on casino development in the four areas identified in the report dated August 2, 2012 from the General Manager of Growth & Development.

Open House for Casino Development

A public open house was hosted by the City of Greater Sudbury on Wednesday, October 10 to seek public input about potential locations and complementary developments for an expanded casino in our community.

Citizens were invited to attend the open house at any time from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a 6:30 p.m. formal presentation, in the foyer of Tom Davies Square, 200 Brady Street, Sudbury.

To view the formal presentation given at the Open House, please click here.

The OLG will issue a Request for Proposal this fall to pre-selected bidders for comprehensive proposals to develop casinos in 29 zones across Ontario, including Greater Sudbury. Ideas gathered during Greater Sudbury's open house and online survey will be forwarded to the OLG for consideration during their review of development proposals.

Information shared during the October 10 open house for casino development is available below.

Value of the Gaming Industry

  • Directly supports more than 128,000 full-time jobs across Canada (more than 283,000 jobs including indirect & induced impacts).
  • Continues to be the largest segment of the Canadian entertainment industry and a pillar of the broader hospitality industry.
  • In 2010, Ontario gaming industry consisted of 10 casino facilities, 17 'slots at tracks” facilities, 18 horse race tracks, over 10,000 lottery outlets (retailers) and over 50 bingo halls.
  • Of the $5.8-billion in gaming revenue, casinos (including slots at race track facilities) accounted for about 65% of the revenues.

Changes to the Gaming Industry

  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has embarked on an ambitious and aggressive plan to "modernize" the gaming industry in Ontario.
  • The three broad recommendations made to the government were:
    • become more customer-focused,
    • expand regulated private sector delivery of lottery and gaming,
    • renew OLG's role in oversight of lottery and gaming.
  • OLG will not continue current agreements with horse tracks beyond March 31, 2013.

OLG map of Northern Ontario that outlines zones (pdf 2 mb)


Council's Support for Gaming

A May 15 2012 motion of Council resolves that the City of Greater Sudbury (CGS) will continue to support gaming as approved by Council and will continue to be a willing host for gaming as it evolves.

An August 14 second motion of Council adopted the following principles and the municipality's position:

  1. CGS welcomes the results of OLG's gaming modernization initiatives and commits to working with the successful proponent of the forthcoming RFP.
  2. CGS encourages gaming facility investment proponents to maximize benefits to the community by identifying and developing opportunities for ancillary and complementary amenities as part of their proposal.
  3. CGS may consider the sale of municipal property for a gaming facility based on the proponents' commitment to develop ancillary amenities which benefit Greater Sudbury.

Why Are We Here?

  • CGS monitoring OLG announcements, participating in meetings with OLG officials, and fielding inquiries from interested developers and gaming operators since the Provincial announcement.
  • As per Council's recent motion and O.Reg 81/12 we are here to get your feedback on four possible areas for a casino development in Greater Sudbury.
  • Council has not adopted an official position on a desired location for an expanded gaming facility.

Thinking About an Urban Casino

Downtown Sudbury (pdf 592 kb) has been identified as one possible location for an expanded Casino.

The Downtown contains a broad mix of uses, including retail, office, arts & culture, civic, community and institutional.

More than 6000 employees work Downtown, there are financial incentives to stimulate downtown revitalization, and there are synergies with other development opportunities.

Downtown is centrally located, has municipal property and is a public transit hub.

Imagine a Casino in this urban setting

When you think about the built form and design of an urban casino, what do you see?

When you think about the relationship between the building and the street, do you see a building built to the street-line or pulled back from the street-line?

Is the ground floor of the building animated by street-related uses such as retail stores, cafes and restaurants, or is it a blank wall?

How do you see the fit between the building and its surrounding context?

How do you see people getting to and from the facility?

Where would motorists park?

Thinking About a Suburban Casino

The Four Corners (pdf575 kb) and Barry Downe /Kingsway East (pdf 571 kb) areas have been identified as possible locations for an expanded Casino.

These areas are close to retail power centres, businesses and professional services.

Generally, these areas are surrounded by residential uses, are located on provincial highways, and are at the junction of four arterial access roads into/out of the City.

There is ample private sector serviced land inventory with close proximity to new branded hotel development.

Imagine a Casino in a suburban setting

When you think about the built form and design of a suburban casino, what do you see?

When you think about the relationship between the building and the street, do you see a building built to the street-line or pulled back from the street-line?

Is the ground floor of the building animated by street-related uses such as retail stores, cafes and restaurants, or is it a blank wall?

How do you see the fit between the building and its surrounding context?

How do you see people getting to and from the facility?

Where would motorists park?

Thinking About a Rural Casino

The existing Sudbury Downs (pdf 653 kb) site has also been identified as a possible location for an expanded Casino.

Sudbury Downs is located in a rural area and is surrounded by a mix of rural and residential uses. A Casino could be located here or at another rural site with similar characteristics.

Locating a Casino in a rural setting infers that individuals are choosing to participate in gaming.

Imagine a Casino in this rural setting

When you think about the built form and design of a rural casino, what do you see?

When you think about the relationship between the building and the street, do you see a building built to the street-line or pulled back from the street-line?

Is the ground floor of the building animated by street-related uses such as retail stores, cafes and restaurants, or is it a blank wall?

How do you see the fit between the building and its surrounding context?

How do you see people getting to and from the facility?

Where would motorists park?

Which Location Works Best and Why?

Map of all four locations (pdf 443 kb)

Thank You for Your Feedback

Staff will share your ideas with City Council and a report will be forwarded to OLG for their consideration as they evaluate and award the RFP for an expanded casino development in our community.

For more information regarding this process please contact:
Ian Wood,
Director of Economic Development
705-674-4455 ext. 4611
Ian.wood@greatersudbury.ca


Online Survey

The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation has held informal discussions with more than a dozen potential candidates in the private sector. Informal discussions have identified four geographical areas of interest: Sudbury's south end, vacant lands east of the Kingsway, Sudbury Downs and Downtown Sudbury. None of these areas has been approved or identified by Council as a potential site for a future gaming facility.

Citizens are invited to share their thoughts and ideas concerning potential geographic locations and amenities associated with a casino development in our community.

The survey is now closed.