After much debate and public discussion, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation will not be going ahead with the placement of a gaming facility in Waterloo Region. 

The gaming corporation says it will be going ahead with a number of Requests for Pre-Qualification (RFPQs) for gaming sites across the province, but none are from the region. Woolwich Township had pushed for a casino within its borders, with Mayor Todd Cowan saying the economic benefits of a casino could be used to address an infrastructure deficit.

But Kitchener-Centre MPP John Milloy welcomed the news in a statement, adding that The Grand River Raceway in Elora “continues to be a viable location” for a gaming site in the region.

“Today’s decision reflects the views of many put forward during this debate, and at the same time supports our horse racing industry,” said Milloy.

Milloy’s release continued to say that decisions about gaming facilities take customer interest, municipal consent and approval from the provincial government into consideration.