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A new premier casino resort could be coming to the Canadian state of Ontario, with developers the Ontario Gaming GTA LP (OGGLP) stating that they are proceeding towards “municipal permitting”.

Situated in the Southern city of Pickering, to the east of the states capital of Toronto, the new complex, titled Durham Live, is also set to include an indoor water park, film studios, hotels and convention space.

Steve Apostolopoulos, managing partner of Toronto-based Triple Properties, the developer of Durham Live, commented: “Great Canadian Gaming is Canada’s leading gaming operator, and Brookfield has unmatched experience delivering transformational developments. Their shared vision for a world class casino resort is one of the most exciting aspects of the Durham Live development.

“We are delighted to have partners of such high calibre as an anchor of our project, and a catalyst for the significant economic and employment benefits that Durham Live will deliver as it elevates the entertainment experience in the region.”

The investment is expected to create in excess of 10,000 jobs for the local region, in addition to “bringing a multi-dimensional cultural, tourist and commercial centre to Durham Region.”

It is also expected that the casino resort alone will employ in the region of 2,000 staff, of which 1,700 will be new employees joining team members from Casino Ajax who will transfer over once the new resort opens.

Rod Baker, president and CEO of the Great Canadian Gaming, added: “We look forward to welcoming our existing team members to join us at the new facility once construction is complete, along with 1,700 new members of our family.

“Investing hundreds of millions of private sector dollars in the Durham Region economy will mean more construction and operations jobs for people in Ajax and Pickering, more procurement opportunities for local companies, more tourism in the region, and more government revenues to support communities.”