Expansion of Gaming in London
The City of London is considering expanding gaming. As part of the process, we are seeking input from Londoners to assist Council in evaluating this and making a decision on future gaming in the city.
- Currently there are 738 slot machines at the Western Fair District.
- These slots are operated by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited on behalf of The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).
- The City of London is seeking public input to inform a Council resolution that would allow for expanded gaming, if passed.
- OLG's goal is to educate players and assist in the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling.
This consultation is focused only on whether or not to expand gaming in London.
Although the current site for gaming in London is at the Western Fair District, a decision has not been made regarding a site for future gaming.
At this stage, because only expanded gaming is being considered, an alternative location to the current site is not part of the discussion.
If expanded gaming is passed by Council, Londoners would have the opportunity to provide feedback through a future Planning applications process (Official Plan and/or Zoning By-law amendment).
What is expanded gaming?
The OLG Modernization Plan and Casino Operating and Services Agreement allows for up to 1,200 slots as a casino as well up to 50 live table games. Live table games include games such as poker, black jack, roulette and others.
- Currently the City has a contribution agreement with the OLG for the slot revenues from the Western Fair District. Under the contribution agreement, the City receives a percentage of slot revenues, based on a standardized formula. In 2017, this payment was approximately $5 million from the OLG through its operations at the Western Fair District.
- These revenues are used at Council’s discretion to fund infrastructure investments and other capital projects.
- If there is an expansion of gaming the City would receive increased revenues, based on this agreement.
We encourage you to learn more and share your thoughts.
Attend the public open house and information session on March 22 at Kiwanis Seniors’ Community Centre.
Attend public participation meeting during the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting on April 23 to submit verbal or written submissions.