Construction on Ottawa Hard Rock Casino Project Underway

Construction on Ottawa Hard Rock Casino Project Underway
By Mark Keast
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

The buzz around Toronto online casinos is accompanied by big news this week about brick-and mortar casinos in the province.

Ground has been broken on Ottawa’s new $350 million Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Ottawa, the company’s first Canadian resort and casino.

And on Wednesday morning, Great Canadian Entertainment announced that its new $1 billion Toronto casino will open its doors June 20.

 
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More on Ottawa Hard Rock Casino

In Ottawa, the groundbreaking ceremony at the Rideau Carleton Casino was held this week where the Hard Rock property will be. The complex will include a 150-room Hard Rock Hotel, including 22 suites. An expanded casino will include 1,500 slot machines, 40 live action table games, high-limit gaming and a Baccarat room. And there will be a Hard Rock Sportsbook to join the many Ontario sports betting options available.

The property will also have an 1,800-seat Hard Rock Live theatre for over 2,200 guests, plus more than 10 restaurants, bars and lounges.

The completion of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Ottawa is planned for spring 2025. Rideau Carleton Casino will continue to operate until the renovation and rebranding of the property is complete.

Since the gaming site at Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock was added in February 2000, the City of Ottawa has generated approximately $6 million annually, with more than $93 million in total payments from the OLG for hosting the casino. This amount is expected to rise once the expanded facility is fully operational.

“The new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino represents a significant investment in the south end of our city. It will create new jobs and will build on the existing attraction at Rideau Carleton Casino,” said Mark Sutcliffe, mayor of the City of Ottawa.

 
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New Toronto Casino Opening Tuesday

In a scene with Ontario online casinos and sportsbooks as well as growing retail options, another new gaming facility is all set.

The $1 billion Great Canadian Casino Report Toronto, adjacent to Woodbine Racetrack at the interchange of Highways 401 and 427, will officially open at 5 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday.

At 328,000 square feet of gaming space, the casino will be the largest in Canada, and one of the largest in North America. The property will feature 4,800 slot machines and 145 table games. The facility also promises a Vegas-style entertainment resort experience with a 400-room hotel, a 5,000-person live entertainment space and an array of on-site restaurants and lounges.

“We are thrilled to announce that our highly anticipated new casino will open on June 20,” Great Canadian Entertainment CEO Matthew Anfinson said. “With meticulous attention to detail, state-of-the-art amenities, and a commitment to exceptional guest experiences, our landmark entertainment resort is a game-changer in Toronto.”

 
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Mark Keast has recently covered the sports betting industry in Canada for The Parleh, and is a long-time sportswriter and editor, most notably with the Toronto Sun.

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