Lottery Licensing

Lottery Licensing refers to lottery schemes permitted by a licence under the Criminal Code of Canada. Typically, these may include bingos, raffles, break open tickets and social gaming events held by charitable or religious organizations. Licensed charitable or religious organizations must conduct and manage their events in accordance with licensing policies and the terms and conditions of the licences and fulfill all prescribed reporting requirements.

Gaming and lottery licensing are governed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. For further information, guidelines, policy manual, forms and other information please refer to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission website

The Order in Council provides municipalities with licensing authority for:

  • Bingo events, with prize boards of up to $ 5,500;
  • Media bingo events with prizes up to $ 5,500;
  • Break open tickets for local organizations;
  • Raffle lotteries for total prizes of $ 50,000 and under;
  • Bazaar lotteries which include: wheels of fortune with a maximum bet of $ 2.00, raffles not exceeding $ 50,000 and bingo events up to $5500.00.

The Municipality may attach terms and conditions, in addition to those established by the province, provided that they do not conflict with provincial Terms or Conditions or policies.

Please check here to view the AGCO Lottery Licensing Policy Manual. Please note that this link will take you to an index of the Lottery Licensing Policy Manual which contains 10 chapters.

Please click here to view the AGCO website.

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