BRANTFORD – According to a Brantford Expositor article published last week, the Brantford Casino is on the chopping block. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. announced the pending sale of four casinos to be dealt off to the private sector gaming Corporations.
The official announcement of who will operate these sites will come in the fall. The selection process has already begun among those bidding on the sites, which include Brantford, slot operations at Flamboro Downs in Dundas, Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville and Grand River Raceway in Elora.
The deal with OLG will be over a 20-year period. From early reports regarding the sale, it has been stated that all union employees under UNIFOR have successor rights, and Brantford will continue to receive five per cent of the revenues from the slots at the Brantford site.
In recent years, OLG completed a $37.5 million facelift and structural changes at the Brantford casino in 2011.
The OLG provides the provincial government with its largest source of non-tax revenue at $2.2 billion annually.
Since the Casino opened, November 1999, Brantford has received more than $66.4 million while Six Nations, who have filed a land claim with the federals for the former Nathan Gage lands upon which the casino and Civic Centre are build, has received nothing.