Kitchener, Waterloo to hold casino consultations
Not enough support at Cambridge council to have public discussions
Kitchener and Waterloo councils have both voted in favour of holding public consultations into attracting a casino to their respective cities, although there will be no such discussions in Cambridge.
Councils in all three municipalities held votes Monday night on whether to discuss the issue of casino development with citizens.
Councillors in Kitchener voted 10-1 in favour of holding a consultation. There will be a town hall-style meeting on April 23, and the public will be able to provide input online.
If needed, there will be an additional consultation session on April 30. Council will then have a final vote on the casino issue May 13.
The consultations will cost the city around $40,000, staff estimate.
Waterloo council, meanwhile, voted 6-2 in favour of consultations through emails, letters and phone calls.
Cambridge council voted against revisiting a previous decision to forsake the pursuit of a casino.
Councillors in Woolwich Township have already voted 4 to 1 in favour of welcoming a casino to their community.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation estimates that if built, a casino in Woolwich Township would generate between $3 to $4 million in revenue. That figure is based on the revenue generated by similar sized casinos in Brantford and Innisfil, OLG spokesman Tony Bitonti said.
The OLG would ideally like to have formal notification from any of the cities in Waterloo Region by the end of spring if they ultimately choose to pursue a casino, he said. But there is no firm deadline.