Ontario Wants To Quit Casino Business
The Ontario government wants to get out of the casino business and that has some people wondering what will happen to the Thousand Islands Casino in Gananoque.
Last week, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced the private sector will take over casino operations that are currently controlled by the government.
As part of that process, private companies can submit proposals to move existing casinos to different municipalities.
Proposals could also see existing casinos staying where they are.
The Kingston Whig-Standard reports that the mayors of the two communities that host the Thousand Islands Casino want the gaming facility to stay right where it is.
The alternative could be the loss of the casino to a neighboring town. Since it opened in 2002, the casino has provided $30 million in revenue.
The mayors tells the newspapers that while other municipalities might want the casino, Gananoque has the advantage of actually having the building already in place.
Ontario has 29 gaming zones and officials say the casino in Gananoque is of the top money-makers.