OLG C1 and C2 Zones, Study Areas and Facility Type
The OLG is looking to expand gaming across the province and has identified 29 zones across Ontario in which they intend to offer a gaming venue, including two zones (C1 and C2) which include lands within the City of Toronto as well as lands within the adjacent Greater Toronto Area (GTA) municipalities. Four areas of Toronto within the OLG C1 and C2 zones are being studied by City staff as potential locations for a new casino and include the downtown, Port Lands, Exhibition Place and Woodbine.
OLG Central Ontario C1 (three areas) and C2 Gaming Zones
Note: A portion of the City of Vaughan (exact geographic area to be determined by OLG) will also be included in C1. To see all zones visit www.modernolg.ca.
Study areas within OLG's C1 and C2 zones City Council is considering for a new or expanded casino.
C1 Study Areas
Exhibition Place is situated between the Gardiner Expressway, Lake Shore Boulevard, Dufferin Street and Strachan Avenue, just north of Lake Ontario.
Exhibition Place hosts major public celebrations, festivals and events, including the CNE and Honda Indy.
As Toronto's largest entertainment venue, with over 190 acres of land that attracts over 5.3 million visitors a year, it is an important venue for business, commerce, trade and consumer shows and conferences and conventions. A number of the existing structures have heritage value.
The downtown area is bounded by Spadina Avenue, King Street, Jarvis Street and Queens Quay Boulevard.
This area has office towers, arts and culture venues, hotels, entertainment activities, stores, restaurants, convention facilities, tourist attractions and an emerging residential neighbourhood.
The Port Lands
The Port Lands encompass approximately 880 acres of land located south of the Don Valley and Gardiner/Lake Shore, east of the downtown core.
The Port Lands consist primarily of industrial and harbour related uses. In September 2012, the City endorsed the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative which identifies the lands as being an important revitilization opportunity for the City.
C2 Study Area
The City has identified Woodbine Racetrack as the only study area in C2
Woodbine is a 660 acre site that has existing race track operations, including a grandstand and casino with slot machines and electronic table games.
This large site has room for development, connections to highways 427 and 27, and approximately 14,000 parking spaces. The site has been used as a race track since the mid-1950s and hosts major events like the Queen's Plate.
In 2007, Council approved a regional entertainment destination adjacent to the Woodbine Racetrack and gaming facility.
Type of Facility
Each of the four study areas being reviewed includes two different options: a Standalone Casino or an Integrated Entertainment Complex, either of which could operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is OLG's intention to seek an Integrated Entertainment Complex in C1.
|Standalone Casino||Gaming facility|
|Integrated Entertainment Complex||Gaming facilities as well as other activities and uses such as convention facilities, hotel, retail, restaurants, live entertainment in one building or series of buildings|