Toronto May Get A New Casino On Waterfront
Toronto Canada has a beautiful waterfront that seems to have been overlooked for years. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario is about to change the shorelines with a new casino. Unlike the United States, the Canadian government and public has been thrilled to include online gambling and casinos to their area.
Casino gambling was first legalized in the province of Ontario in 1980. Since then, many casinos have been built in and around the city of Toronto. Each province in Canada has controlled their own gambling laws since 1985. Those criminal codes are still in effect in those areas.
Only one site, iGaming ran the legalized online gambling. Residents of Canada did have the opportunity to gamble online by accessing offshore gambling offerings. They would not face any legal consequences with the offshore site.
In Toronto’s city limits, there has been only one land-based casino as of 2018. That casino is the Woodbine Racetrack with the OLG platform Slots. They have the electronic table games such as poker, blackjack and others as well as the slots. There are limitations in place for the casino.
Many players prefer to play with a live dealer. The nearest place to play table games is at the Casino Rama. The resort is called the First Nation. There are a few other places around the border of the United States and Canada.
The New Casino for Toronto
Premier Ford wants to bring back the former glory of Toronto’s waterfront by redeveloping the area. When he was a councilor he had expressed interest in a casino on the waterfront and this is still his goal.
The Ontario Place theme park has been neglected for years. It is an eye sore and it needs to be redeveloped. The park was closed in 2012. People were not interested in going there anymore.
In August, Ford announced plans to revitalize Ontario Place. He wants to make it the most beautiful place to visit and enjoy a night out with gambling, fine foods and great entertainment.
John Tory, mayor of Toronto is totally against the casino idea. The city council in 2013 voted down the idea of the project. There seems to be to many negative feelings about opening up facilities in the province for large crowds. Private partners who are interested in the development of another casino have not yet been able to sit down and discuss the matter. Many do feel that there would be many obstacles to overcome.
There are three gambling facilities operated by the Greater Canadian Consortium group. The casinos are throughout the Toronto area. The group has the power to veto the new casino plans which would block the development. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), was actually part of this deal to block the plans for any new casinos.
With a contract that states that the consortium could allow development of a new casino in the city, it would also need the approval of the city council. If the council rejected the idea, the provincial government does have another option to fall back on to get approval. It is the Minister’s zoning Order. This order would allow the province to be able to take control and use the land as they see fit, despite the objections of the municipality.