OLG Slots at Georgian Downs Thanks the Town of Innisfil for 10 Great Years

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - OLG Slots at Georgian Downs is celebrating a decade of great gaming, strong community partnership and local economic benefits today. Community VIPs and key Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) executives marked the tenth anniversary with a special cake-cutting ceremony. In attendance was OLG Senior Vice President of Gaming, Larry Flynn, OLG Regional Gaming Director, John Hayes, OLG Slots at Georgian Downs General Manager, Tina MacMillan, the Mayor for the Town of Innisfil, Barb Baguley, various local councillors and the President and CEO of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, Rod Baker.

"Since the opening of OLG Slots at Georgian Downs ten years ago, OLG has enjoyed a strong partnership with the Town of Innisfil, Simcoe County and its residents," said Larry Flynn, OLG Senior Vice President of Gaming. "We're proud that through this partnership, Innisfil has been able to support important local programs and initiatives. We look forward to many more successful years serving this community and the region, and providing great entertainment."

As the host community for OLG Slots at Georgian Downs, the Town of Innisfil has received more than $42 million in non-tax gaming revenue as its share of the slots revenue since the facility opened.

"I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to OLG Slots at Georgian Downs. The solid partnership between the Town and OLG, has provided numerous benefits throughout the municipality," said Mayor Barb Baguley. "Innisfil residents and businesses have and will continue to benefit from OLG's impact on Innisfil's economic and tourism sectors and infrastructure projects."

Since opening in November 2001, OLG Slots at Georgian Downs has had more than 10.6 million customer visitors. It is also an important part of Innisfil as its largest employer with more than 330 people working at the site. Last year, an extensive $76 million redesign and expansion of the slots facility to enhance the entertainment experience was completed in partnership with Great Canadian Gaming, owners of Georgian Downs.

"On behalf Great Canadian Gaming, I want to congratulate OLG Slots at Georgian Downs on its tenth anniversary," said Rod Baker, President and CEO of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. "This property's popularity has only grown since we acquired it in 2005. The success of Georgian Downs is something the community and Ontario should be proud of."

OLG has also been a proud community sponsor of many events such as the Railway Country and Bluegrass Festival, and the Greater Innisfil Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards Gala.

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 $34 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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