Belleville city council welcomed the proposed casino project by Great Canadian Gaming and gave the green light for its construction. Shoreline Casino Belleville is expected to be finished by 2017 and the establishment should provide jobs for 300 people. At the late night Monday meeting, everyone seemed to be very pleased with the decision and excited for the project that should boost growth, development and employment.

Chuck Keeling, Great Canadian Gaming executive, commented on the city council’s decision saying “we’re looking to hire up to 300 people.” He added that half of the positions would be needed in fall and that the majority of employees would be locals. According to his statement, most of the salaries would be above the minimum wage and based on hierarchy. Also, employees at the casino would get full benefits, plus some employees would receive tips as well.

When it comes to other important details related to the casino project, Keeling revealed that the facility should be opened sometime in the first three months of 2017. He explained that the exact completion date could be affected by weather conditions, but the company would do everything in its power to maintain a certain pace.

For the development of the establishment, the operator plans to invest up to $41 million and local contractors would definitely get a fair share of the amount. The executive pointed out that property tax, municipal contribution agreement and use of local vendors are just some additional ways how the community of Belleville will benefit from the project.

City council members were satisfied with the amenities the casino will have; some of those include a bar, lounge, restaurant and a space that could fit up to 250 people reserved for live entertainment. The casino floor is expected to have around 400 slot machines and up to 22 tables.