Responsible Gaming Doesn’t
Gamble with Good Jobs
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Dear Premier Ford,
I am writing to express my deep concern with the province’s current plan for iGaming, which will result in the loss of thousands of jobs and significant revenue for public services in our communities.
Online gaming operators must be held to the same standard, and the make same financial contributions to our communities, as the job-creating brick and mortar casinos and slot parlours. The proposal to give what amounts to a tax break to multinational online gaming operators is bad public policy.
Legalized gaming is supposed to create significant public benefits to offset the risks inherent to gaming. Among those benefits is job creation, and there is no evidence jobs will be created in Ontario during iGaming’s expansion.
In the U.S., 19 States have recently introduced single sports betting and/or i-Gaming but all have done so in a very careful, strategic, and coordinated manner with their existing gaming footprint in order to ensure existing gaming jobs are preserved. Ontario needs to do the same as soon as possible.
- Online gaming licenses should be tied to a land-based casino / slot parlor to recognize the fact that land-based operations have significant capital investments and employ a high number of people
- Online gaming licenses should be limited.
- Most importantly, the tax rate for online casinos should be equal to or higher than the tax rate for land-based casinos / slots parlors.
Responsible gaming doesn’t gamble with good jobs.
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