Council approves OLG e-Bingo revitalization initiative in Oakville

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – for immediate release

Council approves OLG e-Bingo revitalization initiative in Oakville

Delta Bingo operator and landlord work with Council to resolve concerns over VLTs

Council has agreed to move forward with authorizing the town’s participation in the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s (OLG) Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization Initiative (e-Bingo) following assurances from the Delta Bingo operator and the company’s landlord that video lottery terminals (VLTs) will not be introduced on the site without prior approval of Council. The town has also received assurances from the OLG that VLTs will not be included in the modernization of charitable gaming.

“Residents have told us they do not want VLTs or casinos in Oakville,” Mayor Burton said. “We are very pleased that the agreements reached with Delta Bingo will ensure that the community’s interests are protected, while allowing our charitable organizations to continue to raise valuable funds to benefit the community through the OLG’s e-bingo initiative.”

Launched as a pilot project in 2005 with six e-Bingo sites, the OLG’s revitalization initiative was designed to preserve and enhance bingo revenue for local charitable organizations. In August 2011, Council approved stage one of Oakville’s participation in the e-Bingo initiative after Delta Bingo was selected as one of 15 additional province-wide locations. Currently, over 30 local charities raise funds through events at Delta Bingo.

The motion to authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign the required Charitable Gaming Centre Municipality Agreement with the OLG received unanimous approval at last night’s Council meeting.

For more information about the e-Bingo initiative visit the OLG website.

For more information contact:

Phil Bouillon
Assistant Clerk
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3093

Jane Courtemanche
Director, Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3038

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Council approves OLG e-Bingo revitalization initiative in Oakville