New casino will be developed in Victoria.
The City of Victoria has been selected as the site for a new gaming facility.
The BCLC says it will build the facility to suit the market and the View Royal Casino will remain the primary facility in the region.
The size and scope of the project will depend on redevelopment plans for the View Royal facility.
Saanich was also being considered as a possible location for a new casino. BCLC says a decision was made based on criteria related to community support, geographic, economic and demographic considerations.
Now that a preferred local government has been selected in this region, BCLC will select an operator that we will work with in order to develop a proposal for a gaming facility within the City of Victoria.
Jim Lightbody, President and CEO, BCLC says, “Our plan to serve the Greater Victoria market with better gaming and entertainment options in the region is moving forward.
It has always been our intention to significantly enhance the existing View Royal Casino with exciting new amenities and we are working with our service provider Great Canadian Gaming Corporation to fulfill that.
In addition, we would like to introduce another entertainment option for adults and tourists in Greater Victoria through a new gaming facility that will provide accessibility and a different experience and that is why we selected the City of Victoria.”
An Expression of Interest process was launched in October 2015 with six local governments to determine gaming interest in their communities.
BCLC received Expressions of Interest from the City of Victoria, District of Saanich, Township of Esquimalt, Esquimalt First Nation and Songhees First Nation. The District of Oak Bay declined.