Great Canadian Gaming has REFUSED to meet with the community to discuss our concerns and proposal for a comprehensive Community Benefits Agreement. Rexdale deserves a signed CBA to mitigate any social, economic and health impacts of expanded gaming on this vulnerable community.
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We believe that Great Canadian Gaming should give back to the community for the right to operate a casino in Rexdale. They stand to make large profits from our community and we believe that Great Canadian Gaming must re-invest some of their revenues in the community.
At Woodbine Casino Strategy Meeting, Rexdale community leaders and allies from the TCBN community-labour coalition unanimously endorse the TCBN/CORD proposal for a Woodbine Casino Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) to be negotiated and signed between the Ontario Gaming GTA LP, the TCBN and the City of Toronto. Download background information HERE.
What we are asking for:
Job Training for North Etobicoke residents
Jobs for local residents and historically-disadvantaged groups
Child care support for casino employees hired through these programs
College and university scholarships for area residents
Community access to venues and facilities in the new development
A fair share of operating revenues to support community programs
A decade ago, Rexdale’s Community Organizing for Responsible Development (CORD) mobilized for local needs in a proposed major redevelopment at Woodbine. Although the project did not materialize, the experience set the stage for a community benefits movement out of which the Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN) was born. Learn more about the TCBN.
Since then, CORD has been building a grassroots coalition of residents, workers and community groups in Etobicoke North to organize for local community benefits. Although the development project fell through, many of the community’s concerns championed by CORD were adopted by Toronto City Council in 2015 as conditions for its
approval of expanded gaming at Woodbine. Learn more about the City's 21 conditions.
In August 2017, Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) announced that the expansion of the Woodbine Casino would go ahead. It selected Ontario Gaming GTA LP (a partnership between Great Canadian Gaming - 49%, Brookfield Business Partners - 49% and Clairvest Group - 2%) as the service provider for the existing slots and future casino at the Woodbine Racetrack in Rexdale. This project includes the development of a casino, restaurants/retail, a hotel, convention space and a theatre. This development project is an estimated value of $1 Billion. Learn more about what's at stake from the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and City of Toronto.