In his 20-page decision, Justice R.E. Charney thoroughly considered eight questions of law raised by the Town of Ajax, and ultimately decided that none of them met the test for leave to appeal. In essence, Ajax lost every single one of its arguments it had put forward in an effort to frustrate the project. In addition, Justice Charney’s decision leaves the door open for the City of Pickering to recover its legal costs from the Town of Ajax, should it wish to pursue this avenue.
With all planning and legal matters now settled, the City of Pickering, the Developer – Triple Properties Group of Companies, and the Casino Operator – Ontario Gaming GTA LP, can now proceed with the construction and development of this multi-billion dollar project. Based on a prepared economic impact assessment, it is estimated that Durham Live, anchored by a resort casino, has the capacity to contribute approximately $1.3 billion in incremental annual GDP, over $625 million in annual total tax revenues, and create approximately 10,000 new jobs.
“I thank the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Divisional Court for its thoughtful and comprehensive decision, which puts to bed any lingering questions with respect to the viability of this project from a planning perspective,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “Throughout the region, Durham Live has generated an unprecedented level of excitement in regards to the anticipated job creation and wealth of entertainment options. It’s finally time to move forward.”