Jane Holmes, vice president of Corporate Affairs for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, has gone on the record in regard to the City of Vaughan being added to the 'C1' gaming zone within the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.'s gaming modernization plan.
Vaughan is located just north of WEG's Woodbine Racetrack, and Holmes cut right to the point in regard to how a Vaughan casino would affect Woodbine Racetrack's customer base.
“It’s 10 minutes away from here,” a report by the National Post quoted Holmes as saying regarding Vaughan's close proximity to Woodbine Racetrack, which is located in Rexdale. “Those are our customers.”
Holmes also commented on the situation in a report by citynews.ca, stating, “We fully expect that there would be serious cannibalization of the gaming operations that are here,” if a Vaughan casino becomes a reality.
“Woodbine and its business activities generate over 10,000 jobs for the City of Toronto. It would have [a] devastating impact.”
It was reported by the mainstream media last week that Vaughan was added to the OLG's C1 gaming zone, which now contains sections of downtown Toronto, south Mississauga, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan.
Woodbine Racetrack finds itself plotted in the 'C2' gaming zone, which includes surrounding areas in northwestern Toronto and northeastern Mississauga.
Vaughan's addition the C1 gaming zone apparently came as a surprise to the city's mayor, Maurizio Bevilacqua, who said he learned about Vaughan's addition to C1 through the media.
OLG Gaming Zones --- as of March 2013
(With files from citynews.ca, The Globe and Mail and the National Post)