Province will continue with plan to hire new operator for Niagara Falls casinos

The fight continues with the province over a decision to look for a new operator for the two casinos in Niagara Falls.

Both the city and region have asked the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission to stop the process, after a study found the move could put up to 1400  jobs at the gaming facilities in jeopardy.

But in a letter to Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati and Regional Chair Alan Caslin, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the plan will proceed.

Sousa adds the existing operator, Fallsview, has already been notified their contract with the OLG to run the casinos will end in the summer of 2019.

The Finance Minister insists the OLG's modernization plan will promote economic development and support jobs.