While the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation insists that Toronto isn’t a no-go area for casinos, yet another community in the Greater Toronto Area has turned away from a potential casino project. The city of Vaughan is the latest community to say no to the OLG, after the city of Toronto rejected the casino first up. With online casinos in Canada a grey area, a new casino would be a boon to gamblers.
Canadian gambling law does not explicitly forbid casinos, though individual states have been notoriously tough on building casinos, worrying that they could fuel crime in the North American country. Despite this, the OLG is determined to bring a new casino to the Toronto area, estimating that it could bring in thousands of new jobs and $3 billion worth of investment.
This is despite the fact that Canada is home to a large selection of mobile casinos and software developers, such as major player Amaya, and Calvin Ayre’s Bodog brand. These companies mainly offer their services outside the country, but also provide for Canadian gamblers as punters look to take advantage of mobile technology.
While the city of Toronto and Markham may have been joined by Vaughan in rejecting a casino project, the OLG says that it will find a home for the new gambling destination in the Greater Toronto Area. It is thought that Woodbine Racetrack is the next possible destination to be tried out, although Vaughan has not officially ruled itself out yet.
The final decision will not be made until 2014, and the Vaughan city council will meet at the end of the month to make a final decision. Meanwhile, the OLG has said that 39 communities around the province have indicated they are willing to host a gambling site. It just remains to be seen which one will.