Ottawa service providers now have the chance to prove they can run a casino in the National Capital Region.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. announced Friday that it has begun a request for prequalification process to identify vendors looking to take on the project in the region.
Proponents interested in applying must provide information on their financial and technical attributes, including proof of experience on similar projects. They must also include any experience and working relationships with First Nations communities.
The OLG received more than 100 responses from across the province after a request for information was issued in May, identifying 29 proposed geographic areas in which the OLG was interested in running a casino, including Ottawa.
As a result of feedback from the RFI, OLG is grouping many of the 29 gaming zones into “gaming bundles,” each one representing a separate bidding opportunity.
Alongside the RFPQ for Ottawa, two additional “bundling” requests were issued.
The eastern bundle will include the areas surrounding Peterborough, Belleville and Kingston (including Gananoque).
The northern bundle includes Sudbury, Sault St. Marie, Thunder Bay, Kenora and North Bay.
Service providers submitting prequalification applications for these bundles will have to show they can run one casino in each of the zones simultaneously.
OLG says it intends to issue separate RFPQs for the remaining gaming zones in central and southwestern Ontario over the next several months.
The process will allow the OLG to prequalify applicants who would then be eligible to participate in a request for proposals process.
Service providers in the first round of regions must submit applications by March 7 2013. All requests will be posted on Merx, a popular procurement website.
A map published by the OLG shows the Ottawa zone it is interested in developing within stretches from Kanata to Rockland and covers most of the city.
In October, city council gave approval for the OLG to issue a request for proposals, a few weeks after Mayor Jim Watson tweeted his support for the project.