Rideau Carleton Raceway officially opened its doors to the public on September 1st, 1962 as Canada’s first ever five-eighths mile oval, and has been a key part of Ontario’s harness racing community ever since. The casino and gaming site opened in February 2000, and has been a significant local economic contributor, with 100% of revenue from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) being reinvested back within the province of Ontario.
To date, the City of Ottawa has received over $93M in total payments for hosting Rideau Carleton Casino within the National Capital Region. These funds directly support our local community in making Ottawa one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live, work, and play, benefiting local communities and contributing to economic recovery.
In May 2017, OLG selected Hard Rock Ottawa as the successful new Casino partner for this site. This partnership between HR LP (owned by Hard Rock International) and RCR Investor Inc. (owned by Rideau Carleton Raceway Holdings Limited) is working to build a new state-of-the-art entertainment facility that will soon bring the iconic Hard Rock brand to Ottawa, and enliven the city like never before.
Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock is committed to making a positive community impact inspired by Hard Rock International’s corporate mottos of All is One, Love All Serve All, Save the Planet, and Take Time to Be Kind. Through community events, sponsorship giving, and fundraising efforts, we seek to give back to our guests and staff to thrive together as one. Areas of priority include local community support; Indigenous community support; and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn more about our brand pillars and corporate mottos below.
Our mission is to offer an exciting and wholesome entertainment experience that’s felt the moment you step through our casino doors. From experiencing a one-of-a-kind harness racing photo finish, to delightful dining options, 1,200+ slot machines and electronic table games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, VIP High Limit Gaming, and thrilling live music and entertainment, the excitement never stops rockin’!
We believe that music is a universal language that brings us all closer together. It’s part of our brand fabric and core values. That is why we’re proud to host an unmatched selection of incredible shows, live music, and entertainment experiences that are sure to impress every kind of taste and desire. No matter what you’re looking for, you can rock the night away at Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock.
Nothing is more important to us than supporting local through and through. That is why we proudly partner with locally sourced vendors and suppliers within our community. We are also committed to operating our casino in a way that has a meaningful impact in strengthening our local economy and creating a sustainable and vibrant community to call home. In comparison to online iGaming operators who are only taxed 20% of their total earnings, Ontario brick-and-mortar casinos include a 55% taxation rate, with 100% of payments from host communities being reinvested into the province of Ontario to support programs and services that benefit us all. With approximately $6 million in proceeds paid to the City of Ottawa per year (from OLG, as a result of proceeds from Rideau Carleton Racetrack Casino) benefiting local communities and contributing to economic recovery, and an additional $1 million per year from OLG in local sponsorships and charitable donations, Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock, has had a significant impact on the Ottawa area. The facility is also a significant driver of job creation and employment, having employed over 700 local residents prior to the pandemic.
Our actions today have an immeasurable impact on creating a better tomorrow. We are committed to enacting positive change through a number of small and large efforts, including providing a safe, inclusive, and diverse environment to all guests and are an equal opportunity employer within the National Capital Region. We are committed to upholding the highest level of service standards with respect to responsible gaming, and have numerous safeguards in place to protect all guests who walk through our doors. We are committed to upholding and supporting Hard Rock International’s environmental initiatives that both protect our environment and save our planet.
Social purpose is the lifeblood of Hard Rock, a company founded on the mottos - All is One, Take Time To Be Kind, Love All-Serve All, and Save the Planet. Team members at Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock are included in the more than 40,000 Hard Rock employees that enact Hard Rock’s global values, spanning across over 250 locations and more than 68 countries that include Hotels, Casinos, Cafes, and Rock Shops owned and operated by Hard Rock. We believe in living these mottos as part of our daily business and infuse them in everything that we do and stand for. Our strategy for community involvement and sponsorship has been designed around Hard Rock International’s corporate mottos, including:
Hard Rock thrives wherever they operate because communities welcome us. Every day we work to grow our social value and build trust with everyone we touch.
We recruit and attract employees who are compassionate and care about the wellbeing of our customers in making for a better tomorrow.
Diversity is a founding principle upon which Hard Rock was built. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer providing a safe, inclusive, and diverse environment.
We are committed to sustainability efforts to reduce waste, energy, and water consumption through operational improvements and collaborating with non-profit partners and preferred vendors who share this same vision.
Through Hard Rock International's corporate mottos, a localized strategy
has been adapted to benefit the local needs of our community through local giving and sponsorship, including:
We are pleased to partner with local sport and entertainment organizations that are part of the community where many of our team members and guests live and work. Being deeply invested within Ottawa, we are committed to giving back through community partnerships that generate community pride and create a sense of place for all within our city. This includes proud partnerships such as the Ottawa Senators of the NHL and Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL.
Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock is proud to stand alongside all Indigenous people across Canada, North America, and the World. We are committed to supporting the journey of learning and reconciliation and, to foster strong, healthy, and sustainable Indigenous nations across both our local community and beyond. Partnering with The Wabano Centre for Indigenous health and excellence, as well as First Assist, we are committed to supporting initiatives that make a difference to improve the quality of life for all Indigenous people.
In alignment with Hard Rock International’s “Love All Serve All” motto, Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock is committed to offering an inclusive, accessible, and culturally diverse environment to all our guests and employees who step foot through our doors. We are invested to support a more equitable workplace for women in our community, and are proud to partner with the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa to inspire the next generation of female business leaders. Additionally, we stand tall as proud supporters of organizations that celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, while respecting the full diversity of people within Canada's Capital Region. That's why we are proud to support Capital Pride, Capital Fair Special Needs Day, and will soon-to-be the first International (non-US) Hard Rock property to implement Hard Rock International's 'Women in Leadership' program.
Supporting local businesses is part of our DNA at Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock. Operating at the intersection of where play meets purpose, we are focused on supporting local not-for-profit and community organizations, and contributing to the social fabric of our local community. That’s why we have partnered with organizations such as Gees Bees Honey, enabling them to harvest fresh honey on our very own property and in direct support of both our environment and a thriving local economy. Through deep-rooted community involvement, we are an active supporter of local community groups and associations. We have been proud to host local community events such as The Capital Fair on our grounds year after year, in addition to offering financial assistance in direct support of local Osgoode, Greely and Barrhaven Community Associations. In total, over $1M annually is donated in support of local sponsorship and charities on the behalf of Rideau Carleton Casino, Future Hard Rock.