GCGC Celebrates Reopening

By Ben Hamill - July 14 2021
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GCGC Celebrates Reopening

Finally, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is able to reopen its doors! This comes as Ontario is officially moving into the third stage of its reopening plan. The Corporation quickly reacted to the news of the province’s reopening and announced that it will be restarting at least 11 of its Ontario-based casino properties.

The Corporation has become an industry giant since first opening its doors in 1982. It now owns and operates no less than 26 entertainment, gaming and hospitality properties across New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. The move to the third stage of Ontario’s reopening phase means that most of the Corporation’s properties will have reopened. It was previously able to restart its operations in British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

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Properties Already Reopened

As from 1 July, the Corporation was allowed to open most of its gaming properties in British Columbia, as that province moved into its own third phase of its economic restart plan. At the time of the reopenings, The Corporation renewed its operations as a range of establishments, including Elements Casino Victoria, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, River Rock Casino Resort, Casino Nanaimo, Hastings Racecourse and Chances Dawson Creek.

At the time, Terrance Doyle, the Corporation’s Interim CEO, said that the restart of economic activity in the province made for great news as British Columbia is on the road to recovery following the global health crisis.

The Third Stage

Ontario is set to enter the third stage of its reopening plan on 16 July. Since being shut down in April, casinos are now finally able to reopen as well. However, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has made it clear that all operations will begin at a reduced capacity in order to ensure that all health and safety guidelines are adhered to.

The Corporation is set to launch 11 of its properties throughout the province. These include Casino Ajax, Great Blue Heron Casino, Casino Woodbine, Elements Casino Mohawk, Elements Casino Brantford and Shorelines Casino Belleville. The firm also announced that one of its casinos, the Pickering Casino Resort, will not be reopening with the rest of them. Instead, this casino will reopen at a later stage in the near future, while all remaining properties will reopen later in 2022.

Although it’s slated to conduct numerous reopenings, the company has also been involved in some controversy. Former workers at Casino Nanaimo have taken legal action against the Corporation citing claims of wrongful dismissal.

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