Lottery Licenses

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If you are planning an event that includes a lottery, raffle, bingo, etc. you may be required to obtain a lottery licence from the Municipality. Below you will find the information you need to know before considering a lottery.

License Applications

An approved application is required in order to conduct a lottery scheme to raise funds, provided the organization has a demonstrated charitable or religious mandate. Below you will find a number of lottery-specific applications.

What You Need To Know

How does my organization apply for a lottery license?

Determine what type of lottery scheme your organization intends to conduct, and:

  • Application for Lottery Licensing First Time Questionnaire
  • Obtain the appropriate application form from the municipal office
  • Complete the form according to the instructions on the form and the policies or guide as set out for the lottery event.
What lottery schemes do municipalities license?

A municipality may issue licenses to conduct the following lottery events:

  • Bingo events with prize boards $5,500 and under;
  • Media bingo events;
  • Ticket raffle lotteries for total prized $50,000 and under;
  • All break open ticket lotteries not licensed by the provincial office; and
  • Bazaar Gaming Events.
What is considered ineligible use of proceeds?

Proceeds from lottery licenses may not be used for the following:

  • Academic and sports awards and trophies;
  • Volunteer recognition
  • Fundraising activities, including wages for fundraiser and the cost of promotional materials;
  • The provision of services for which the organization receives government funding or which the organization is required by law to provide;
  • Legal Fees/costs incurred by the organization;
  • Accounting fees, except as provided for by the terms and conditions of the lottery license;
  • Out of pocket expense for volunteers to participate in the licensed lottery event, except as provided for by the terms and conditions of the lottery license.

The above list is not intended to be exhaustive but to simply provide some examples of ineligible use of proceeds.

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