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Referendum Question

This question will appear on the October 27 election ballot:

Are you in favour of a casino in Kingston?
Yes or No.

For the referendum result to be binding more than 50 per cent of Kingston electors must cast a ballot. The result of the referendum will be considered by the newly elected Council. The municipal council will be required to advise the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) that it has consulted with the public and that the public is in favour of a casino being located in Kingston, and pass and provide the OLG with a resolution supporting the establishment of a casino. If the question is rejected, the municipal council will advise the OLG that the public are not in favour of a casino being located in Kingston and will pass and provide the OLG with a resolution that it does not support the establishment of a casino.


Why are we having a referendum on a possible gaming facility?

The referendum question is viewed as the fairest way to determine whether Kingston electors want a casino in Kingston.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission is in the process of choosing private sector operators for new casinos through a competitive process. Information about the OLG process can be found on the OLG website.

On October 2, 2012 Kingston City Council passed a motion to advise the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation that it is, in principal, interested in hosting a future gaming facility.

On April 29, 2014 Council decided to include the above referendum question on the October 27, 2014 municipal election ballot at a special public meeting of Council to help settle the question of whether or not Kingston should express further interest in hosting a casino.

After consulting with the public, the City of Kingston clarified its land use policies regarding Casino Gaming Facilities with an Official Plan Amendment on July 15, 2014.

Background

The following links offer a more in-depth look at the public discussions about a possible gaming facility that have taken place since the OLG initiated its current process to site new casinos in Ontario.