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Hard Rock International Begins Construction of Its First Hotel and Casino In Canada

Posted on June 14, 2023 | 5:52 am

Hard Rock International, the well-known global chain of hospitality and entertainment venues, has announced that it has begun construction works on its very first hotel and casino located in Canada.

The new venue, located in Ottawa, is expected to be ready in the first part of 2025 and it will replace the Rideau Carleton Casino. The new resort will feature a hotel with 150 rooms and 22 suites along with a casino which will have 1,500 slot machines, 40 game tables, a sportsbook and a dedicated Baccarat room.

Moreover, the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Ottawa will include ten different dining options, bars, lounges, a Hard Rock Live theater with 1,800 seats and a standing area for another 2,200 spectators.

Speaking about the new venue, Jon Lucas, Chief Operating Officer at Hard Rock International declared himself “excited” to make another step towards bringing the well-known brand to Canada.

The Hard Rock International executive also acknowledged the support the company received from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, the state-owned gambling operator from Ontario, and also from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the local regulator.

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Nearly 2,000 New Jobs for The City

The investment made by Hard Rock International in Ottawa is expected to create around 1,900 new jobs in the region, including direct and indirect construction jobs, plus ongoing employment opportunities.

Mark Sutcliffe, the Mayor of Ottawa, described the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino as “a significant investment in the south end” of the city. The mayor appreciated the fact that the casino will create new jobs and also become “a great tourist attraction in Ottawa.”

With the occasion of the start of the building process, Future Hard Rock donated 20,000 Canadian dollars to Minwaashin Lodge, a nearby shelter for Indigenous women, in recognition of the construction ceremony at Rideau Carleton Casino.

Representatives of the company explained: “Hard Rock International, which is wholly owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, is fully committed to supporting local and Indigenous organizations through charitable donations, sponsorships and partnerships.”


“Opening Act: Construction Starts on Future Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Ottawa“,, June 7, 2023.

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