Durham Live will become the premier entertainment and tourism district east of Yonge Street, and one of Ontario’s top destinations for fun and excitement.  

Anchored by a resort casino and 5-star hotel, this unique destination will also include a boutique hotel, convention centre, amphitheatre, restaurants, cinemas, an indoor water park, performance venues, an office tower, and film studios.

This landmark project, located at the northwest corner of Church and Bayly Streets, will boast a dynamic mix of excitement, culture, nightlife, cuisine, and adventure that will cater to every whim and indulgence.

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Durham Live FAQs: 

Project Updates 

New Highway 401 Road Crossing

The City of Pickering and Pickering Developments Inc. are undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for a new Highway 401 road crossing to connect Notion Road to Squires Beach Road.

The City of Pickering Official Plan, Edition 7 (2017), the Town of Ajax Official Plan (2016), the Region of Durham Official Plan (2017), and the Region of Durham Transportation Master Plan (2017) have identified the need for this link as a means of providing additional north-south capacity and neighbourhood connectivity as growth occurs.

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Renderings

Concept images of the resort casino, hotel, and multi-purpose performance venue.

Concept

concept - landscape orientation

How many jobs will be created?

It is estimated that Durham Live will create up to 10,000 jobs, and the Pickering Resort Casino alone is expected to see approximately 2,000 new jobs for the casino, hotel and performance venue combined.

What will the economic impact be?
Based on an economic impact study prepared for the project, Durham Live has the capacity to contribute approximately $1.3 billion in incremental annual GDP, and over $625 million in annual total tax revenues. Based on the size and scale of the planned casino, host payments to Pickering are expected to be approximately $20 million or more per year upon full development. 
Will the City share any revenues generated by the casino?
At the April 10, 2018 Council Meeting, a resolution was passed which proposes that 30 per cent of gaming revenues, at full build out of the gaming facility, be directed to the Region of Durham. It is at the Region’s discretion on how to allocate these funds. However, we suggest that a portion of the monies be directed towards social housing. See Minutes
How will traffic impacts be addressed?
We collectively want to minimize any future traffic impacts. As such, the Durham Live developer is working with the City of Pickering, Region of Durham, and the Ministry of Transportation to implement various traffic infrastructure improvements. Possible enhancements include road widening, intersection improvements, a new road crossing of Highway 401, and a new partial Highway 401 interchange with direct access to the Durham Live site.
Development Applications

For more information, view these development proposals:

Pickering Casino Resort 

The City has a Municipal Contribution Agreement with Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation, in which it receives revenues for hosting the Pickering Casino Resort.

Since Pickering Casino Resort opened in July 2021, OLG has issued non-tax gaming revenue payments, totaling $24,484,059 (up to March 31, 2023), to the City of Pickering for hosting the facility, as part of its Municipal Contribution Agreement with Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation (OLG). Pickering also shares a portion of this revenue with the Region of Durham(External link).

Casino revenues have been used for both Current and Capital Budget items like:

  • Funding for community groups as part of the City’s Community Grants Program
  • Consulting for Naming Rights and Sponsorship Evaluation Strategy for City facilities (including City Centre)
  • City Centre project-related planning activities and design costs
  • Gravel lot parking upgrades (behind Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex)
  • Bay Ridges Kinsmen Park soccer turf replacement, Beverly Morgan Park track replacement, various pedestrian signal upgrades, various fire station hall upfits, and the snow clearing program that so many of Pickering’s senior citizens rely on during the winter season.

Staff are working on short and medium-term financial plans that will see us incorporate casino funds for new assets, and asset renewal projects.

These details will be highlighted in the 2024 City Budget.