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Ontario Casino and Card Room Gaming

Ontario has charitable and commercial casinos, slot facilities, and slots at racetracks, which are overseen by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and run by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

Ontario has 10 casinos and a number of facilities that offer slots, all of which opened between 1999 and 2002. The revenue from these properties, along with slots at racetracks and lotteries, guarantees CAD 100 million annually to various charities throughout the province.

In 2012, the government of Ontario announced plans to privatize OLG and build new casinos in Ontario in an effort to partially erase a CAD 16 billion deficit.

The goal was to build as many as 12 casinos by 2018 to generate an additional CAD 1.3 billion in tax revenue annually, but the plan to build high-profile casinos, particularly in Toronto and Ottawa, failed spectacularly. In May 2013, the Toronto City Council voted 40-4 against building a casino in Toronto. The Ottawa City Council approved a casino to be built at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, which is well outside Ottawa's central downtown core.

OLG revised its estimate to CAD 600 million of additional tax revenue to be generated under a scaled-down privatization plan. A 2014 government review of the OLG's initial privatization plans found that the plan was aggressive and much too optimistic.

In June 2005, the provincial legislature passed the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which banned smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces, including casinos. The ban took effect in June 2006. Revenue for casinos in Ontario near the U.S. border dropped as American gamblers opted to travel to other casinos where they could smoke.

Although not operated for profit, Casino City considers gaming activities conducted at charitable casinos to be casino and card room gaming activities.

Ontario Casino and Card Room Gaming Properties

Caesars Windsor
Canadian National Exhibition Casino
Casino Niagara
Casino Rama
Fallsview Casino Resort
Flamboro Downs
Fort Erie Race Track
Gateway Casino - Clinton
Gateway Casino - Dresden
Gateway Casino - Hanover
Gateway Casino - London
Gateway Casino - Point Edward
Gateway Casino - Sault Ste. Marie
Gateway Casino - Sudbury
Gateway Casino - Thunder Bay
Georgian Downs
Grand River Raceway
Great Blue Heron Charity Casino
Mohawk Racetrack
OLG Casino Brantford
OLG Slots at Ajax Downs
Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre
Shorelines Casino - Belleville
Shorelines Casino - Thousand Islands
Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs
Woodbine Racetrack
Woodstock Racetrack and Slots
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