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Casino Adds to Area’s Nightlife

Multi-million dollar facility has 450 slot machines and 18 gaming tables

            Nestled in the heart of the Thousand Islands is a new attraction that has added glitter to the area’s nightlife.

            Thousand Islands Charity Casino opens  its doors in the summer of 2002 to a warm welcome from its host communities, Gananoque and Leeds and Thousand Islands Township.

            Located in the township but nestled on the border of Gananoque just 10 minutes from the U.S. border, the casino is the most recent attraction to the area.

            The silver, metal building has a red roof and “ribbon” that ties it all together.  The casino is located on County Road 2 between Highway 401 and the Thousand Islands Parkway.

            Hard to miss, the casino resembles a diner popular in the 1950s and offers 450 slot machines and 18 gaming tables.

            Designer David Northcote admits he was trying to achieve a sleek and dynamic look that drew from cars and classic boats from the 1950s.

            Preparing to begin the casino’s construction last year, Mr. Northcote said they wanted the casino to be an attraction from the highway as an entertainment facility – yet blend with the landscape.

            Other features of this multi-million dollar facility include ship sails hanging from the ceiling, a glass wall, two murals of the Thousand Islands in a restaurant named Oscar’s and antique wooden boats.

            Designers scattered the calming colours of blue and green throughout the casino to add to the ambience.

            “We believe it’s the nicest we’ve ever done,” commented David Maddocks, director of development with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC).

            The new charity casino is the fifth to open across Ontario.

            Before completion, the casino was estimated to cost $54 million.  Officials estimated it would generate more than 400 jobs – a figure that does not include an additional 200 jobs created by its construction.

            As hot communities, the township and Gananoque will split five per cent of the revenue from the slot machines.

            This money is expected to be earmarked toward improving the standard of living in both the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands and Gananoque.

            Visitors to the area are invited to visit and enjoy themselves at the new Thousand Islands Charity Casino.

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  •  Opening date:  Summer 2002.

  • The facility promises to create more than 400 positions.

  • The casino will house 450 slot machines and 18 gaming tables.

  • Hours of operation will be 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

  • 280 Main St. Gananoque ( at the waterfront )

  • Map, location of Casino.

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 An exterior look reminiscent of a giant '60s diner,  the new 
$54-million Thousand Islands Charity Casino in the 1000 Islands 

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Both Leeds and the Thousand Islands Township and the Town of Gananoque are celebrating the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's award Friday of a shared charity casino bringing in up to $1 million in revenues to each municipality per year.

Local leaders pleased with casino deal.

Something new for Gananoque and the 1000 Islands area!

Two Leeds-Grenville municipalities, not one as expected, have been chosen for the site of an eastern Ontario charity casino.

The 35-acre plot of land, mostly in the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands, but also partially within the borders of Gananoque, falls between Highway 401, the Thousand Islands Parkway and County Road 2.

It's a terrific location!

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IMPORTANT! The Casino location was announced  March 30, 2001
 Immediately east of
Gananoque on Hwy #2 before the 401 overpass. Township of Leeds & Lansdowne location with some services provided by Gananoque. Municipal proceeds from Casino to be split between TL&TI and Gananoque. Construction begins June 2001.  
Casino to open summer of 2002.
Less then a mile outside Gananoque, 
Canadian Gateway to the 1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada.

May 2, 2001

  1. The town of Gananoque and the surrounding Leeds and the Thousand Islands Township have signed a deal to share the costs and benefits of the new Thousand Islands Charity Casino
  2. The deal, agreed-upon last week, also contains clauses to cover awkward issues like annexation, boundary changes and arbitration of disputes.
  3. Gananoque town manager Bill Arthur said Mayor Sylvia Fletcher Thomas and Reeve Harold Grier signed their lawyer's agreement after their respective councils had approved it.
  4. But Arthur said the two municipalities don't yet know whether it'll be May 8 or 9 when the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. officials arrive to give them more details about things like servicing the casino site and timetables for construction.
  5. However, he did say that they expected the ground to be broken on the site just east of Gananoque on June 1st with the expected opening of the casino to be next May or June.
  6. Arthur thinks the Corporation won't want to drag out the construction process because the sooner it's completed the sooner the province will start to see is estimated revenues of $47 million a year role in.
  7. The town and the township will split five percent of the revenues from video lottery terminal and slot machines, the agreement states, and which Arthur says is "a lot of money."
  8. If the gaming Corp. changes its method of calculation of revenues to a municipality or municipalities, the subsequent revenues will still be shared equally by them.
  9. Under "miscellaneous costs," the agreement states that each municipality will pay its own legal bills and will collect what fees they are entitled to collect for any zoning changes, site plan agreements or official plan amendments.
  10. All revenues paid by the gaming Corp. to municipalities, all municipal taxes or provincial grants in lieu of municipal taxes will be shared equally, as will be the five percent of gaming revenues.

May 27/01

  • Officials will hire locally  as much as possible  to fill 400 jobs. The municipalities of Gananoque and Leeds and the Thousand Islands Township,  will split five percent of revenue from the charity casino to open next spring.
  • The corporation is still negotiating with the Ministry of Transportation for the land just east of Gananoque, the joint councils heard in public session, although soil testing is being done and the corporation is looking for office space, training rooms and motel accommodation for the construction crews.
  •  Gananoque Council voted to lease the Gananoque and District Recreation Center's banquet hall to the corporation as a training centre  for four months, starting in December.
  • There will be a job fair this fall for the expected 400 direct full and part-time jobs.  The intention is to hire locally as much as possible, and then train the successful applicants. Some 75 to 85 percent of the hiring is usually  local-within 40 kilometers.
  • The 450 slot machines and 18 gaming tables will operate from 11 AM to 4 AM seven days a week.
  • The casino won't pay extra for policing -other than its own internal security- or for firefighting.
  • The casino will have a small bar and restaurant and a gift shop for casino souvenirs and customers must be 19 or over. Casino security staff will look out for those who've had too much to drink and there will be an Ontario Provincial Police gaming unit of inside to watch for crime.  Despite fears, there will not be an increase in crime.
  • As for problem gambling they have a provincial problem gambling prevention and treatment fund from two percent of the revenues, a 24-hour hotline, warning signs on each machine and a "self-exclusion policy" by which gamblers can sign a document that they should be prevented from entering a casino.
  • OLGC will hold a one or two-day job fair this fall.  Those interested in jobs should present resumes then, and not mail them in now.    Thousands of job applications are expected. 
  • There will be three types of jobs: administration, hospitality and gaming.   Employees will be licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. 

Gananoque to vote on casino

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 12, 2000 | 3:36 PM ET

The voters of Gananoque will decide in the fall whether their town will bid for a charity casino.

The Ontario government is allowing a casino to open in the St. Lawrence River and Thousand Islands tourist area.

Gananoque is one of four communities eligible for the gambling facility.

On Tuesday night more than 300 people attended a meeting of town council to decide whether a plebiscite will be added to the municipal ballot. But it was clear from the passionate arguments for and against a charity casino, nothing about this issue is simple.

Michael Kirkby accused the Ontario government of being out for a tax grab. "As far as I'm concerned they're a bunch of crooks. They don't care really about people that will end up with problems in gambling in their families," he said.

For residents who want a casino, though, it's all about improving the town's economy.

Ross Hamilton, president of the local chamber of commerce, said the casino would create hundreds of well-paying jobs. "Those people then have economic buying power and they're going to be spending money in their community," he said.

Such discussions are still fresh in the minds of many in this border community of 5,000. Three years ago they were asked to vote on whether they wanted a casino. They said no.

Last night council decided the question will be on the ballot once again, on Nov. 13.

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Two Leeds-Grenville municipalities, not one as expected, have been chosen for the site of an eastern Ontario charity casino.


The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced it has chosen the crossroads of three major highways at the east end of Gananoque to be the site of the casino, which is expected to employ about 400 workers after it is up and running by next spring.

The 35-acre plot of land, mostly in the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands, but also partially within the borders of Gananoque, falls between Highway 401, the Thousand Islands Parkway and County Road 2.

The new site has direct access to an interstate highway in northern New York and also to the Kingston-Belleville corridor which has no other casino within driving distance.

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Those two municipalities will share in the casino revenues. 

The bulk of the visitors would be from the immediate area , Kingston , Brockville and Smithsfalls.

The Gananoque casino will be much smaller than commercial casinos in Windsor, Hull and Rama, near Orillia.

The casino will be 5,130 square metres (57,000 square feet) of which only about 1,350 square metres (15,000 square feet) will be gaming space.

The casino will contain 450 slot machines and 18 card tables. 

Gananoque and Leeds and the Thousand Islands will split five per cent of total revenues from the casino, worth between a half-million and three-quarters of a million dollars annually.

There were four eastern Ontario communities on the province's short list of potential sites. The Gananoque location was chosen in part because it is adjacent to both Highway 401 and Interstate 81 on the American side of the border.

The casino will be worth $47 million and create 200 construction jobs when building begins in June this summer. It is scheduled to open in spring, 2002, and a job fair will be held to fill some 400+ casino jobs.

The province already operates charity casinos in Sault Ste. Marie, Brantford, Point Edward and Thunder Bay.

While the majority of the land is in Leeds and Thousand Islands, Gananoque will provide water and sewer services to the casino.

The project will bring much needed jobs and economic development to our communities.

Gananoque and township residents have already approved the charity casino by referendum.

This is another very significant attraction that will keep people in the region for longer stays.

From a business perspective, Gananoque Video and Hobby Centre owner and business improvement area director Terry Serson said "I think it's great for Gananoque. I've heard nothing but positive responses since I heard of the announcement."

Serson said people say Brantford was turned around by gaining a casino and he hopes it'll do the same for Gananoque.




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