TORONTO, March 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation (OLG) today marked the close of its Request for
Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the Ontario North Gaming Bundle, which was
issued on November 30, 2012, as part of OLG's first wave of gaming
On March 7, 2013, OLG announced the close of the Ottawa Area and the
Ontario East Gaming Bundle RFPQs.
"We're continuing on the path to a modernized lottery and gaming system
in Ontario," said Rod Phillips, OLG President and CEO. "Along with the
two RFPQs that closed last week, we will now undertake our due
diligence in evaluating the RFPQ submissions for northern Ontario."
This RFPQ was based on a Gaming Bundle, so interested service providers
were required to submit proposals for the entire Gaming Bundle as set
out in the RFPQ, not for individual Gaming Zones or Gaming Sites
contained within the Gaming Bundle. This means that service providers
had to demonstrate their ability to assume specific day-to-day
operations of multiple facilities.
OLG will select service providers who are eligible to receive the
Request for Proposal (RFP) document for the North and East Gaming
Bundles, as well as the Ottawa Area.
As part of the RFP process, pre-qualified service providers will be able
to propose the construction of a new gaming site anywhere within a
Gaming Zone, where there is municipal support.
However, all successful proponents will need to work with their host
municipalities on specifics about a gaming facility, including
selecting a preferred location. Before any site is built or relocated,
three parties will need to agree—the municipality, the service provider
and OLG, on behalf of the Ontario government.
OLG has two impartial advisors providing oversight on the integrity and
fairness of the procurement process.
While the new gaming model will include securing qualified service
providers for the day-to-day operation of gaming, OLG will continue its
role in the conduct, management and oversight of lottery and gaming.
OLG will also continue to help prevent and mitigate the effects of
problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which is
recognized internationally by the World Lottery Association's
certification program, and at four gaming sites, by the Responsible
Gambling Council of Canada's RG Check program.
In the coming months, OLG will launch RFPQs for the remaining Gaming
Zones—some in Gaming Bundles. All RFPQs will be available on MERXTM (www.merx.com/olg). MERXTM charges a fee to download this type of material.
On December 14, 2012, OLG also issued a RFPQ for the modernization of
the province's lottery industry. That RFPQ will close on April 4, 2013.
OLG contributes nearly $2 billion annually to the Ontario government.
The vast majority of this funding is directed to hospitals and health
Once the modernization of lottery and gaming in Ontario is complete, OLG
will have increased its net contribution to the Province by $1.3
billion annually, while creating thousands of jobs and driving more
than $3 billion in capital investment across Ontario.
For more details on Gaming Zones/Bundles, visit: http://www.olg.ca/about/modernizing_lottery_and_gaming_project_status.jsp
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games
and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and
Resort Casinos have generated more than $36 billion for the benefit of
the Province of Ontario. Proceeds from OLG's operations help support
Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport through the QUEST FOR GOLD program,
recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority
programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial
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