In a little more than a year, northerners will know which company will operate five casinos in Northern Ontario. Ontario Lottery and Gaming says only three to five contenders remain. It can`t say more because of confidentiality.

The companies will next put proposals together on how they would run casinos in North Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and Kenora.  OLG will announce the winning operator early in 2017.

(Written by Rocco Frangione)