Waterloo council says no to casino
Kitchener's Economic Development Advisory Committee asks city to consider further research
Waterloo council has voted unanimously against bringing a casino to the city following a public consultation with residents.
The vote came after Mayor Brenda Halloran brought forward a motion Monday evening to halt casino development in the city.
The motion was introduced after council heard that the city had recieved 1,117 responses, many of which came in an online survey. Of those responses, 920 were against possible casino development, 138 were in favour and 41 were neutral. A further 18 responses weren't directly related to a casino.
The number of respondents to the casino consultations account for less than one per cent of the city's population.
Waterloo joins Cambridge as the only two municipalities that have explicitly turned down the possibility of a casino within city limits.
Meanwhile, Kitchener's Economic Development Advisory Committee has requested that the city undertake more research about the impact a casino would bring. Council will make a final decision on whether it wants to pursue a casino next Monday.
Woolwich township has already said it is interested in attracting a casino.