OLG’s procurement process includes: Request for Information (RFI), Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ), and Request for Proposals (RFP).
OLG released the Request for Information (RFI) for land-based gaming and for lottery in Ontario on May 17 and June 7 respectively.
The purpose of an RFI was to allow OLG to learn from private sector providers which elements of its business could be improved with their involvement. The gaming RFI questions focused on a proposed gaming business model and proposed gaming zones.
The lottery RFI focused on options for providing lottery services across the business. The gaming RFI closed on July 4, 2012 and the lottery RFI on August 2, 2012.
In late 2012, OLG released four Requests for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) – one for lottery and three in the first wave of gaming RFPQs.
The first wave for gaming includes three separate RFPQs, one for each of the following:
- OttawaArea (Zone E4)
- East Gaming Bundle (Zones E1, E2, E3)
- North Gaming Bundle (Zones N1, N2, N3, N4, N5)
Where the RFPQ is based on a Gaming Bundle, interested service providers are required to submit proposals for the entire Gaming Bundle as set out in the RFPQ, not for individual Gaming Zones or Gaming Sites contained within a Gaming Bundle.
The first three gaming RFPQs were released on November 30, 2012. Two of the RFPQs closed on March 7, 2013 and the third closed on March 14, 2013. The Lottery RFPQ was released on December 14, 2012 and closes on April 30, 2013.
In the coming months, OLG will launch RFPQs for the remaining Gaming Zones – some in Gaming Bundles.
Following the RFPQ pre-qualified service providers will be able to participate in Requests for Proposals (RFP).
In gaming, pre-qualified service providers will be able to propose the construction of a new gaming site anywhere within an OLG-defined geographic Gaming Zone.
However, before a site is built or relocated, three parties must agree: the private sector operator, the municipality and OLG. This would be followed by final approval by the Government of Ontario.
For further details about the RFPQ and RFP processes, click here.