Gaming, Government, And Community Development

Ontario's Economic Development Minister, Joe Cordiano, acknowledges community willingness is important to siting new casinos.
February 16, 2004, 12pm PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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Ontario’s new Liberal government, strapped for cash, has announced that it will seek to build more casinos in the province, Ontario Economic Development Minister Joe Cordiano said recently. A review of the province will be made to determine the best locations for the new development. “Where it makes sense, where there's a growth strategy potential, we'll put the casinos there. And I think you have to have communities that want them.” Gaming at Ontario’s three commercial casinos, each located strategically for capturing US markets, generated over 7,700 jobs and $2.2 billion (CAD) in receipts in 2003. Local governments received payments of $14.1 million (CAD).

Thanks to Michael E. Kelly, AICP, MCIP

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Published on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 in The Toronto Star
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