The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has commenced a request for pre-qualification phase regarding the Windsor casino facility, which is currently operated by Caesars Entertainment.

This, said the crown agency, marks the first stage in a procurement process that will lead to the selection of a service provider to handle the day-to-day gaming operations at the site.

The RFPQ process will enable OLG to prequalify potential proponents based on their previous experience operating a large gaming resort.  Those that prequalify will proceed to the request for proposal phase. 

At this point prequalified groups will receive documents that outline the opportunity in Windsor and information required to submit a detailed proposal. The RFPQ process will close on May 25, 2023.

The triumphant company will handle the day-to-day gaming operations of the Windsor casino, while OLG will continue to conduct and manage gaming in Windsor. Caesars can participate to retain the contract should it choose to do so.

“OLG is advancing plans that will support the long-term vibrancy and excitement of the casino experience in Ontario,” said Duncan Hannay, OLG’s President and CEO. 

“Releasing the RFPQ for the Windsor casino is the first step in selecting a highly qualified service provider that will ensure the long-term competitiveness of the site while continuing to generate economic benefits for the local community and for Ontario.”

The current Caesars Windsor boasts over 750 hotel rooms, 2,230 slot machines, 85 table games, retail sportsbook, six restaurants, four bars or lounges and an events centre.

In January 2020, the OLG entered into a three-year agreement to extend its existing contract with the current operator beyond the expiration of its previous agreement, which stood at July 31, 2020.