Great Canadian Gaming Announces 11 Casinos To Reopen Friday As Ontario Enters Step 3 Of Reopening Plan Early

Written By Robyn McNeil on July 15, 2021 - Last Updated on October 16, 2021

Nature is healing.

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCG) announced 11 of its Ontario properties reopen this Friday, five days sooner than expected. 

The familiar chime of bells tolling returns to Ontario’s casinos as the province enters Step 3. The cheery jingle-jangle of coin meeting metal signals significant progress toward a return to ‘normal’ in the aftermath of COVID-19.

Properties slated to open July 16 are Casino Woodbine, Great Blue Heron Casino, Casino Ajax, Elements Casino Mohawk, Elements Casino Flamboro, Elements Casino Brantford, Elements Casino Grand River, Shorelines Casino Belleville, Shorelines Casino Peterborough, Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands, and Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs.

Founded in 1982, GCG operates 26 gaming, entertainment, and hospitality facilities in Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

The company also has plans to open the casino at the new Pickering Casino Resort soon, with the remainder of the resort slated to open in 2022.

Doin’ the safety dance

Under the Province’s current public health directives, GCG’s Ontario casinos must reopen with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. The company continues to cooperate with industry stakeholders and regulators to continue to ease restrictions safely and responsibly.

“I’m very excited that the province has reached this milestone and that Great Canadian is in a position to have thousands of team members return to work,” stated Terrance Doyle, Interim CEO. 

“I want to thank our entire team for their resilience and patience the last 17 months,” Doyle continued. “And I look forward to working with our team and welcoming our guests back to our Ontario properties.” 

Previously, the Toronto-based company reopened casinos in British Columbia (July 1) and Casino Nova Scotia properties (June 16). 

More Ontario casinos announce reopenings

Other Ontario casinos not run by GCG are also preparing to reopen. 

Caesars Windsor, owned by Caesars Entertainment, announced it reopens on July 23. The same day, Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino in Niagara, owned by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), reopen.

Six days later, on July 29, Casino Rama in Orillia will reopen. Casino Rama is jointly owned by Chippewas of Rama First Nation and the OLG.

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