Grand River Raceway

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Grand River Raceway
Location7445 Wellington County Road 21, Elora, Ontario, Canada
N0B 1S0
Owned byGrand River Agricultural Society
Date openedDecember 6, 2003
Course typeFlat harness
Notable racesBattle Of Waterloo
Battle Of The Belles
Official website

Grand River Raceway is an entertainment, racing, and gaming destination located in Elora, Ontario, Canada. It opened in 2002 with 200 slot machines operated by Ontario Lottery and Gaming. That subsequently increased to 230+ machines. The casino, known as Elements Casino, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.[1] The Raceway offers seasonal live harness racing (summer), year-round simulcast of racing from across North America, dining and special events.[1]

The property and facilities are owned and operated by the Grand River Agricultural Society (G.R.A.S.) a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural Societies Act of Ontario and operated by a volunteer board of directors.[2] Best known as a racing, gaming & dining entertainment destination, Grand River Raceway also offers Meetings & Events Services, with rentals of the many rooms and spaces for business events, conferences, parties, complemented by in-house catering. The Society leases space to the OLG for the slot machines; the OLG is the operator and employer for the slots operation.[3]

In 2009, the Raceway paid Centre Wellington $1.6 million in taxes and the OLG paid the Township an additional $1.78 million, from a share of the profits.[1][4]

A plan for substantial expansion was approved by Township Council in February 2017; this is expected to add gaming tables (up to 52) and many slot machines (up to 1200 in total). Some councilors were strongly opposed to the plan. The rationale for the majority decision was the revenue benefit; since the casino opened, the Township has received over $22 million from the Raceway and the OLG's currently small slot machine operation.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Slots & Casinos | About OLG".
  2. ^ "About".
  3. ^ "Gaming". grandriverraceway.com. Grand River Raceway. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Racing in Rural Canada: Economic Impacts of the Grand River Raceway on Elora, Ontario, Canada
  5. ^ Robinson, Mike (February 2017). "Centre Wellington Council Votes 4-3 in Favour of Potential Grand River Raceway Expansion". Wellington Advertiser. Guelph. Retrieved March 11, 2017.

Coordinates: 43°40′23.06″N 80°25′49.80″W / 43.6730722°N 80.4305000°W / 43.6730722; -80.4305000