Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has shed more light on its ongoing development in the eastern Great Toronto Area, which is to be known as Pickering Casino Resort.

The city of Pickering is located in the Durham Region of the province, with GCGC stating that it’s striving to construct a “world-class gaming and entertainment destination”.

Construction of Pickering Casino Resort started last year and is projected to open in two phases, with the firm stressing that the property will be a “draw for all who enjoy exceptional service, thrilling gaming options, live entertainment and diverse dining experiences”.

The first of the phases is slated to debut in the early part of next year, and will feature a casino that contains 2,350 slot machines, 100 live table games and 167 live dealer stadium gaming terminals, alongside a number of dining and entertainment options. 

Phase two will see the introduction of a 2,500 seat live entertainment venue, featuring year-round concerts, dance performances, live theatre and more, as well as a hotel tower complete with 175 guestrooms.

Once complete, the development will employ over 2,000 people as part of the casino resort’s team.

Tyrone Waite, general manager of Pickering Casino Resort, explained: “While we have so much more to develop and construct, being able to share the brand name of the resort with the community is an exciting next step for us.

“We will now be concentrating on hosting career fairs and seeking local talent to join our team. We are looking for people who have exceptional guest service skills and are willing to learn and grow with the company. We have great training programs that will equip our team members with the right skill set and set them up for future success.”

One Toronto Gaming is a partnership between Great Canadian and Brookfield Business Partners that has been selected to operate gaming facilities located in the GTA, including Pickering Casino Resort. 

In August 2017, Great Canadian and Brookfield were selected as the successful proponents by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to operate the three existing gaming facilities in the GTA, now branded as Casino Woodbine, Casino Ajax and Great Blue Heron Casino.