Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) is one of the largest and most diversified gaming and entertainment companies in Canada with 31 gaming properties in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta. Across its entire portfolio, Gateway currently employs approximately 7,200 people and features approximately 391 table games (including 31 poker tables), 14,288 slots, 81 food and beverage outlets and 564 hotel rooms. A multi-pronged growth strategy has seen Gateway diversify and expand its product offering, including developing proprietary casino and restaurant brands. This has dramatically improved the gaming customer experience and also attracts new gaming and restaurant customers. Some of Gateway’s proprietary brands include Grand Villa Casino, Cascades Casino, Starlight Casino, Playtime Casino, Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and Chow Lucky Noodle Bar. In 2022, Gateway celebrated 30 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada.
We know that the winning formula for a successful gaming property is working closely with community leaders to ensure we are taking an active role in supporting job creation and economic development as well as local community and charitable initiatives.
Gateway is committed to developing and maintaining positive relationships with the First Nations and Métis Communities (FNMC) within the regions in which we operate.
In Ontario, we have established an Indigenous Liaison. The Indigenous Liaison is a First Nations executive who works closely with our FNMC partners and shares employment and other business opportunities for Indigenous Peoples at our casinos. Given our new developments, this also includes opportunities for Indigenous businesses to become suppliers and vendors and business development activities and initiatives which may provide a variety of economic opportunities.
The Indigenous Liaison is a critical member of our corporate team who develops and maintains FNMC relationships, attends conferences such as the bi-annual Northern Ontario Wellness Conference, and helps to educate our senior management on issues that are important to our FNMC partners.
Gateway is working towards an ambitious redevelopment program to renovate and rejuvenate properties across the country. We have exciting redevelopment and expansion opportunities in the communities where we operate.
Gateway produces, publishes and provides an annual climate change-related disclosure report. This report follows the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”) as well as the Final Report of the Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance. Click here to read the report.
Additional information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.com.
Celebrating more than 30 Successful Years in the Canadian Gaming Industry
On January 27, Gateway celebrated the grand opening of Playtime Casino Wasaga Beach. The new casino located at 88 Lyon’s Court represents a $34.3 million investment in the community of Wasaga Beach and has created 140 new jobs. The new Playtime Casino Wasaga Beach spans almost 25,000 square feet and features 250 slots and electronic table games. It also features a MATCH Eatery & Public House as well as a large outdoor patio and Arcade Bar on the gaming floor.
On April 21, Gateway officially opened Cascades Casino North Bay at 300 Pinewood Park Drive. Cascades features 300 slots, six table games and 10 virtual tables as well as Gateway’s signature restaurant brand, MATCH Eatery & Public House. The new casino represents an investment of $41 million in North Bay and the creation of 200 new jobs. As part of the opening ceremonies was the recognition of the Crisis Centre North Bay as the official beneficiary of the GatewayGIVES charitable donations program. From April 22 to May 31, a portion of the casino’s food and beverage sales in MATCH were donated to the Crisis Centre.
On September 29, Gateway celebrated the grand opening of Cascades Casino Delta. The new casino property is located at 6005, BC-17A and features 500 slots, 18 table games and stadium-style gaming, as well as Gateway’s signature restaurants MATCH Eatery & Public House and the Buffet. The casino represents an investment of $99.3 million in Delta and the creation of hundreds of new jobs.
On July 21, Gateway announced the expansion of its food and beverage operations. It now includes mobile restaurant service with the launch of two “Match on the Move” food trucks – one operating in the Lower Mainland and one operating in Southwestern Ontario. The vision for “Match on the Move” is to bring the MATCH brand of pub tastes to the streets of the communities they operate with the familiarity of the bricks & mortar experience. During the months of July and August, every time customers purchased the Hero Burger, a donation was made to Make-A-Wish Canada’s Wish Heroes Campaign.
In March, over the course of three days, the governments of British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta declared States of Emergency due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and ordered that all our casinos community gaming centres and food and beverage outlets be temporarily closed. Some would remain closed for more than 16 months.
On January 30, Gateway Casinos Sarnia officially opened its doors at the Hiawatha Horse Park with 150 new slots and the creation of more than 60 new jobs in the community. The 53,100 square foot facility features a 22,033 square foot gaming floor with a fully licensed signature “Express Bar.”
On September 27, Grand Villa Burnaby unveiled its brand-new Pulse Arena, an innovative, immersive, and multi-sensory gaming space – the first of its kind in B.C. This completed a spectacular renovation that included an expansion and refresh of the gaming floor with new slots, VIP and poker rooms, the addition of Atlas Steak + Fish, Chow Lucky Noodle Bar, and Villa Bistro. There was also a complete refresh done of 189 hotel rooms and convention public spaces at The Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre demolition.
Site preparations on its new entertainment destination, Cascades Casino Delta, began on April 25 with the of the existing Town and Country Inn building.
On August 1, Atlas Steak + Fish opened at Cascades Casino Resort in Langley City. The signature restaurant opening marks the completion of a spectacular multi-phased renovation and expansion of the property. The entire project was completed over two phases and featured the addition of 11,000 square feet of entertainment space with a full refresh of the gaming floor, a new bingo hall, the addition of the Summit Bar + Gaming Lounge, and the full refurbishment of the Coast Hotel Conference Centre, hotel rooms and public spaces.
On August 8, Cascades Casino Chatham officially opened its doors. This brand new casino, which is the first Cascades in Ontario and the first “from the ground up” build for Gateway, features 300 slots and 10 table games. It also includes two of Gateway’s signature restaurant brands, MATCH Eatery & Public House and The Buffet.
In August, Gateway announced that it had signed an agreement to become the official casino partner of the NFL in Canada. Gateway’s signature MATCH Eatery & Public House will be the exclusive presenting sponsor of the NFL Fantasy App.
On May 31, Gateway officially broke ground at 300 Pinewood Park Drive to build the new Cascades Casino North Bay and create up to 300 new jobs in the City of North Bay.
In May, Gateway held a ground-breaking ceremony to officially unveil plans for the construction of the new Cascades Casino North Bay. The proposed new casino, spanning over 39,000 square feet, will feature 300 slots and 8 live table games.
On April 11, the spectacularly transformed Playtime Casino Hanover opened its doors. This is the first Playtime Casino in Ontario and features 300 slots and 8 live table games. It is home to Gateway’s signature restaurant brands MATCH Eatery & Public House and The Buffet, as well as the introduction of the new Arcade Bar.
In March, Gateway acquired Chances Signal Point in Williams Lake. This acquisition saw Gateway expand their footprint into the Cariboo region of the Central Interior of British Columbia.
On February 28, Gateway unveiled the newly expanded gaming floor at Gateway Casinos Innisfil with 26 new live table games.
In January, Gateway acquired Chances Casino Kamloops. The acquisition made Gateway the sole gaming provider in Kamloops, as the operator of both Cascades Casino Kamloops and Chances Kamloops.
On November 28, the brand-new Starlight Casino Point Edward officially opened. This is the first Starlight brand to open in Ontario and follows on a spectacular renovation that was announced in June 2017.
On September 26, Gateway celebrated the grand opening of the beautifully transformed Palace Casino to Starlight Casino Edmonton. Located in West Edmonton Mall, Gateway’s latest development includes 120,000 square feet of entertainment and gaming space and features its latest brand creation, Halley’s Club. Halley’s is a dining and entertainment experience where the nostalgic supper club and showcase theater mingle with classic cabaret concepts of vintage eras.
In July, Gateway continued its Ontario expansion and took over the day-to-day operations of The Central Bundle that includes Casino Rama Resort, OLG Slots at Georgian Downs in Innisfil and a planned new casino in the Wasaga Beach/Collingwood area.
In June, Gateway’s North Island locations in Courtenay and Campbell River opened the doors to MATCH Eatery & Public House after renovations at each property.
In May, Gateway took a significant step towards bringing a premier gaming and entertainment destination to Delta as its proposed Cascades Casino project passed at a special council meeting and Gateway earned support from the Delta City Council.
OLG selected Gateway as the service provider for the Central Gaming Bundle, which includes OLG Slots at Georgian Downs and Casino Rama Resort. Gateway will have the opportunity to build a new gaming and entertainment facility in Wasaga Beach or Collingwood.
On March 1, Gateway officially launched Playtime Casino Kelowna. This is the first location of Gateway’s new signature casino brand – Playtime Casino.
In October, Gateway celebrated 25 years in the business of entertainment. Gateway celebrated its silver anniversary with customers, communities and employees throughout the month. It hosted Canada’s Largest Slot Tournament and the 25 days of Giving that saw GatewayGIVES, its corporate giving and community engagement program, donate a total of $125,000 to 25 deserving, employee-selected, charities across Canada.
In May, Gateway took over the day-to-day operations of the Southwest and North Gaming Bundles in Ontario. The Southwest Bundle included a casino in Point Edward and slots in Woodstock (at Woodstock Raceway), London (at the Western Fair District), Clinton (at Clinton Raceway), Dresden (at Dresden Raceway) and Hanover (at Hanover Raceway). The North Bundle included two casinos in Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, and slots in Sudbury (at Sudbury Downs).
On September 5, the new Grand Villa Casino Edmonton officially opened its doors. The property features over 60,000 square feet of entertainment space featuring live music, gaming, and seven dining options, including Gateway’s signature restaurants Match Eatery & Public House and Atlas Steak + Fish.
In December, Gateway Casinos acquired Playtime Gaming. The acquisition of the six Playtime locations in Abbotsford, Langley, Penticton, Courtenay, Campbell River and Victoria.
On August 19, Gateway opened the new Cascades Casino Kamloops. The property features 65,000 square feet of premium entertainment space, a large gaming floor, live entertainment and many dining options. The property includes Gateway’s signature restaurants MATCH Eatery & Public House and the debut of Atlas Steak + Fish, the new fine dining restaurant.
Cascades Casino in Langley, B.C. underwent an exciting and extensive property refresh in 2014, including the addition of Gateway’s signature restaurant, Match Eatery & Public House.
In 2011, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited purchased three existing Community Gaming Centres located in Squamish, Mission and the Newton Surrey area.
2007 – 2008
The Starlight Casino and Grand Villa Casino opened in 2007 and 2008 respectively and are currently operating as Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited’s flagship properties.
In 2005, Cascades Casino opened in the heart of Langley, B.C., which brought about a new era of gaming for the company. Boasting over 60,000 square feet of gaming space, 77-room hotel and more than 25,000 square feet of convention space operated by Coast Hotels & Resorts Limited.
The year 2002 was pivotal for Gateway due to the acquisition of the Baccarat Casino in Edmonton Alberta in June. In August, Gateway purchased the Lake City Casinos in Penticton, Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon.
In November, Gateway acquired Palace Casino in Edmonton, Alberta where an extensive renovation which more than doubled the size of the facility, was substantially completed in October 2001.
Gateway Casinos ceased operating the casino in Maple Ridge in November 1996. The new operation was opened on the second floor of the parkade across from the now Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby, British Columbia.
In January, Gateway Casinos relocated its operation in New Westminster from the top floor to expanded premises within the hotel.
In June, Gateway relocated the Vancouver casino from the small premises on the second floor of the Mandarin Centre to a newly renovated premises in the same building. At this time, Mandarin Centre was the largest casino in British Columbia.
In March, Gateway Casinos purchased a third casino, located in Maple Ridge, British Columbia with the intention of relocation in the future, which ultimately became Gateway’s Burnaby Casino.
Starting in 1992, Gateway Casinos has provided operational services for casinos in the Greater Vancouver Regional District of British Columbia. In April, Gateway Casinos acquired two casino operations in the Vancouver area – a 5,000 square foot facility on the second floor of the Mandarin Centre in Vancouver’s Chinatown and a smaller 4,000 square foot operation on the top floor of the Royal Towers Hotel in New Westminster, B.C.