Hard Rock Ottawa

Casino Expansion Project

Investing in Ottawa
Creating Thousands of Local Jobs
Building a World-Class Entertainment Destination for our City

Hard Rock is coming to Ottawa!

In partnership with the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino, plans are underway for the development of a unique and dynamic destination that will re-energize Ottawa’s entertainment scene.

Pending approval of its Zoning By-Law Amendment Application with the City of Ottawa, Hard Rock’s goal is to create an integrated venue that will combine the heart and soul of the Hard Rock brand, while featuring the best in live music and entertainment, world-class gaming, enhanced horse racing, and exceptional cuisine.

In order to move forward with phases 2 and 3 of the expansion project, the Zoning By-Law Amendment Application seeks permission from the City of Ottawa for only four items related to the expansion:

  1. The addition of a hotel.
  2. An increase to the permitted building height, in order to accommodate a hotel.
  3. Adding “theatre” as a permitted use, for the purposes of a Hard Rock Live Theatre of up to 2,500 seats.
  4. Approval for an additional 20 live gaming tables, which would bring the number of tables that could be phased-in over time to a total of 55.

Our Process

In May 2017, Hard Rock International announced plans for the creation of a world-class entertainment destination that will be constructed in three phases, in partnership with the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino.

Plans include the investment of more than $318 million over the course of a six-year, multi-phased project which is expected to create nearly 4,000 direct and indirect jobs as well as significant economic development in rural Ottawa and beyond. The project will also serve to recapture an estimated $60 million that Ontario residents are spending annually across the river in Quebec on their gaming entertainment.

The expansion project is funded entirely by the Hard Rock and the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino partnership (“Hard Rock Ottawa”) and is expected to generate $12.8 million in annual revenue for the City of Ottawa once fully operational. Over the first ten years of operations, the expansion and additional gaming tables are expected to generate $43 million in new revenues for the City of Ottawa.

Ask us Anything

As we move forward, it is our commitment to work in consultation with the people of Ottawa, the City Council and Mayor Watson, as well as the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), in order to make certain that we are delivering a premier entertainment destination of which Ottawa residents can be proud. We want to hear from you!