On May 25, 2017 the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced that HR Ottawa, LP (known as “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, 4837 Albion Road. On August 18, 2017, the City of Ottawa received a letter from Hard Rock Casino Ottawa asking the City to meet the regulatory requirements that will permit HR Ottawa to take over day-to-day operations of the Rideau Carleton Raceway.
Before the Hard Rock Casino Ottawa can take over day-to-day operations of the Rideau Carleton Raceway, there are two technical requirements that the City must undertake. The City must seek public input on establishing the Albion Road location as a gaming facility. Although the location is currently a gaming facility, and has been since 1998, there is a requirement to formally seek public input due to the proposed handover in operations to Hard Rock Casino Ottawa. City Council is also being asked to formally confirm the establishment of the Rideau Carleton Raceway at 4837 Albion Road as a site for gaming.
Residents can provide written comments to the City or attend the Finance and Economic Development Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to make a presentation or provide comments in person. Information about the project and the process is available on ottawa.ca.
City staff will share a summary report with City Council, and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation about public input received, as required under the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Act. 1999.
If these technical requirements are met, Hard Rock Casino Ottawa would be able to take over ongoing operations of the Rideau Carleton Raceway in mid-September 2017.