Council delays OLG e-Bingo revitalization initiative in Oakville

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 – for immediate release

Council delays OLG e-Bingo revitalization initiative in Oakville

Oakville to collaborate with partner municipalities to seek changes to OLG contract

Council has delayed its decision regarding Oakville’s participation in the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission’s (OLG) Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization Initiative (e-Bingo) pending further collaboration with partner municipalities. Mayor Rob Burton will lead discussions with the Mayors and Members of Council from other cities to discuss opportunities to develop a standard protocol for seeking changes to the proposed OLG municipal agreement.

“A standard agreement assumes that all partners have the same goals,” Mayor Burton said. “The OLG is firm that it will not incorporate revisions to their standard form agreement to accommodate issues identified by Oakville. As municipalities, we must unite to develop terms that work best for our communities. Unfortunately, without this flexibility, we are in a ‘take it or leave it’ position.”

Following review of the implementation schedule and final Charitable Gaming Centre Municipality Agreement (CGCMA), a number of concerns were identified by Oakville. These include clauses that would permit the OLG to add games at any time without consulting the municipality; a no cancellation policy for the municipality; no authority for the municipality to negotiate terms of agreement; release of the OLG from any liability; and no official definition of electronic gaming.

Similarly, town staff have been directed to contact their municipal counterparts to discuss strategies and share information regarding the e-Bingo initiative. Staff will also investigate timing of the OLG’s Group One Site Implementation Schedule and report back to Council before year-end. Until a decision has been made and in the interest of local charities, Council has directed staff to work with Delta Bingo to enhance its external communications as a reminder to the public that the local bingo hall is still open for business.

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. For more information about the e-Bingo initiative visit the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission website. To view the e-Bingo report and recommendations read the August 13 Council agenda.

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Media contact

Phil Bouillon
Assistant Clerk
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3093
pbouillon@oakville.ca

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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