Backgrounder - Slots-At-Racetrack Program
March 12, 2012
The report makes three key recommendations to reform Ontario’s gaming and lottery industry, all of which are subject to government approval:
• Become more customer-focused
• Expand regulated private sector delivery of lottery and gaming
• Renew OLG role in oversight of lottery and gaming
Within the three recommendations of the report, changes include allowing for slot facilities beyond horseracing tracks so that sites can be located where there is customer interest.
Since 1998, Slots at Racetracks have provided approximately $3.4 billion in slot revenue to the horseracing industry. As long as slots facilities are linked to individual racetracks, OLG is unable to consider alternate locations for gaming sites. Over time, this has resulted in the location of gaming facilities in places unrelated to customer interest.
The report recommends that this relationship be changed to allow for moving, changing or otherwise improving land-based gaming in the province. OLG recommends ending the Slots at Racetracks funding model though OLG does plan to continue offering slots at some racetracks where there is customer interest.
Copies of the report are available at www.olg.ca
For further information: OLG Media Relations, 1.888.946.6716