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Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino Expansion Development Application

Project Status: 

City Council approval

On May 23, 2018,City Council approved the Zoning By-law amendment proposal for Hard Rock Casino Ottawa’s proposal at 4837 Albion Road and 4910 Bank Street. 


Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino Expansion Development Application

In May 2017, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced that Hard Rock Casino Ottawa was selected as the service provider for the Ottawa area gaming entertainment centre, to be located at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, at 4837 Albion Road. In September 2017, City Council confirmed the Rideau Carleton Raceway as a gaming site and submitted a summary of the process, public input received, and Council’s resolution to the OLG. Hard Rock Casino Ottawa has taken over the ongoing operations of the Rideau Carleton Raceway and opened previously-approved gaming tables within the existing facility.

Hard Rock Casino Ottawa's proposal

To learn more about the Hard Rock Casino Ottawa’s plans for the site, please visit Hard Rock Ottawa.

Additional City planning approvals

Before the development can proceed, the applicant needs a Site Plan Approval from the City of Ottawa. The applicant has not yet submitted the application for Site Plan Control.

Can the Site Plan application be appealed?

Only the property owner can appeal the staff decision on the site plan control application to the Local Planning Authority Tribunal.

Learn about the proposed development application 

You may view all of the plans, studies and renderings that the City of Ottawa has received. Visit  and read the application summary and Planning Rationale to learn more about the development applications. 

Zoning By-law Amendment: File # D02-02-18-0006

Details about the proposed development application

The Rideau Carleton Raceway and Slots, now Hard Rock Ottawa, is located at 4837 Albion Road. The lot is about 84 hectares (approximately 209 acres) with 542 metres of frontage on Albion Road. The applicant intends to divide the subject property into two separate parcels of land.  The severed lands, approximately 40.5 hectares (100 acres), would establish separate ownership for the casino, racetrack and parking areas. The remaining lands, 43.8 hectares (103 acres), would include the existing stables and accessory structure located east of the horseracing track.

Location map [ PDF 331 KB ].

Current land use designation and zoning

  • The property is designated General Rural Area and Significant Wetlands on Schedule A of the City of Ottawa Official Plan.
  • The Official Plan, Section 3.6.7, also recognizes the site as a Major Urban Facility by a site-specific policy. Policy 4 of Section 3.6.7 states:
    Notwithstanding the above policies requiring Major Urban Facilities to locate in the urban area, in order to recognize the Rideau Carleton Raceway and Slots facility, located on lands legally described as part of the South Half of Lot 24, Concession 4, Rideau Front, Gloucester, being Parts 5 and 11 on Plan 4R-15731; Parts of lots 23 and 24, Concession 4, Rideau Front, Gloucester, being Part 2 on Plan 4R-15731; and consolidation of various properties: Part of lot 24, Concession 4, Rideau Front, Gloucester, Being parts 3, 4, 6, and 7 on Plan 4R-15731, an exhibition grounds for the viewing of horse racing, gaming premises as defined in the Gaming Control Act and related uses are also permitted in addition to those uses permitted in the General Rural Area designation, in this location;
  • Section 4.8.6 of the Official Plan includes policies related to land use constraints in the vicinity of the Ottawa International Airport. 4837 Albion Road is within the Airport Vicinity Influence Zone as shown on Schedule K of the Official Plan.
  • The property is currently zoned Rural Commercial, Subzone 4, Rural Exception 528 with a Schedule for height (RC4[528r] S381 - h, and subject to a holding symbol,and Environmental Protection Subzone3 (EP3). 

The current RC4 [528r] S381 - h  zoning permits a casino, limited to slot machines and 55 gaming tables, as well as a hotel, place of assembly, fairground, sports arena limited to a horse racing track, amusement center limited to a bingo hall, restaurant, and limited retail store. For more information on the zoning see geoOttawa.

For more information:

Allison Hamlin
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
110 Laurier Ave., Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext. 25477
Fax: 613-560-6028