The Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation (OLG) has launched communities throughout the province into heated debates about the qualifications necessary for hosting a casino venue within their borders. So far the Ontario government has signaled it will not force any communities into accepting a casino and entertainment complex without their consent; though efforts are heavily underway in Toronto and Ottawa to make the consent happen.
At the same time many smaller communities are also making their plans for a venue known to the OLG. One such community is Collingwood where city councilors are debating the pros and cons of what location would be best to house the over 300 slot machines being offered.
The Georgian Manor Resort is now one of the frontrunners in the area as Resort president Peter Levoy and business partner John Simmons have made the case they want to turn their location into an entertainment destination. Simmons spoke with city council convincing them that a casino is not enough and that people go to Casino Rama in Orillia for a show or an event not necessarily for the casino.
“What draws people to Rama is they bring in acts and different entertainment.”
Collingwood would need the approval of surrounding communities Wasaga Beach, Clearview, and Springwater townships as the boundaries of the communities often overlap and would need consensus to install a gaming facility in the region. As of now all four communities appear to be working together to make that happen but Wasaga has also motioned its plans for serving as host.
But Levoy says the Resort has plenty of room already available for development and that their business fits the needs of what OLG is looking for in granting the license.
“OLG is looking for a destination facility, and as a resort, we believe Georgian Manor is the best facility in the region.”
Both men also touted the economic benefits not only for their business but the entire Collingwood community with a gaming venture in town, citing tourism especially receiving an economic boost.