The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation wants to have a plan in place by the end of the year to build a local casino.

However, OLG President and Chief Executive Officer Rod Phillips tells 570 News it will not proceed if the local municipality does not want it.  “If we are going to have a facility in the area, we want to make sure that it’s in the location that works best for customers. So, of course this is something that local municipalities there would have to support and I think it’s great the Chamber (Greater KW Chamber of Commerce) is encouraging the conversation.”

Phillips was in town to address a Chamber luncheon event at Bingemans in Kitchener.

Phillips says there’s a good reason why 36 municipalities have told OLG they want a casino.  “It’s an opportunity for there to be good local jobs, providing entertainment that 2.7 million Ontarians last year enjoyed and provide some specific support to the local municipalities that are good enough to host this.”

There are 24 casinos in Ontario.  OLG would like to see one built in Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge, or in Woolwich, Wilmot or Centre Wellington Township.