OLG supports Innisfil with slots expansion



    Additional slots to create new jobs, boost local economy

    INNISFIL, ON, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Phase One of the expansion of OLG Slots at
Georgian Downs is complete - a redevelopment project that created 90 new full
and part-time jobs and brings increased economic benefit to the Town of
Innisfil.
    "Since the opening of Slots at Georgian Downs in November 2001, the
facility has proved to be one of the busiest gaming floors in North America,"
said Kelly McDougald, CEO of OLG. "This expanded facility not only gives area
residents a more exciting entertainment option, it also puts dollars into the
local economy through job creation and increased local procurement of goods
and services."
    With the completion of Phase One, Georgian Downs now has 802 slot
machines. Since opening in 2001, more than $32 million in direct, new non-tax
revenue has been generated for the Town of Innisfil for investment in new
infrastructure and other local priorities. The expanded facility, which
includes a full-service restaurant and lounge featuring live entertainment,
will increase its purchasing from local suppliers by around $1.3 million a
year.
    "The Town of Innisfil has enjoyed an outstanding partnership with OLG
over the past eight years and we congratulate them on the completion of this
significant expansion project," said Mayor Brian Jackson. "We welcome the new
jobs and the ongoing revenue that will continue to support municipal
investment in infrastructure projects like roads, trails and facilities."
    OLG worked in partnership with Georgian Downs owner Great Canadian Gaming
Corporation to plan and fund the redevelopment projects. The $76 million
undertaking has and will continue to generate both short and long term job
opportunities. OLG is Innisfil's largest employer, and the expansion will see
the facility's payroll grow by more than $3 million to approximately $12.7
million annually.
    "On behalf of Ross McLeod, Great Canadian's Chairman and CEO, and all
Great Canadian's employees, I'm thrilled at the completion of this first
component of Georgian Downs' expansion," said Howard Blank, Vice President of
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. "This property's popularity has only grown
since we acquired Georgian Downs in 2005, and we're confident that this
upgraded facility will allow it to continue that trend. We're also very
excited about our future in this province. The success of Georgian Downs is
something Ontario should be proud of."
    Phase Two of the expansion project will be completed in spring 2010 and
involves the addition of 198 more slot machines, bringing the total to 1,000.
    As part of the OLG Responsible Gaming Program, once finished, the
redeveloped facility will also include a Responsible Gaming Resource Centre
(RGRC) kiosk, one of 28 full and self-service RGRC's to be fully operational
by 2010. RGRC's provide OLG customers with essential information about the
risks of problem gambling, tips on recognizing warning signs, and links to
treatment or counseling services. For more information on OLG's RGRC's, please
visit www.knowyourlimit.ca.

    Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

    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 $28 billion for the benefit of the Province
of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport,
recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority
programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities
and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

    
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