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Lottery Licence

An organization wanting to raise funds through gaming such as a bingo, raffle or break open ticket event, first must be deemed as an eligible organization by the policies and procedures established by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Eligibility is assessed through an application process and by such criteria as the organization’s purpose, objectives and charitable activities, in addition to its budgetary and financial status. The application, terms and conditions, and requirements can be found at

Once an organization is deemed eligible to raise and receive lottery proceeds, a lottery licence can be issued for gaming schemes, such as a bingo, raffle, or break open ticket event with prize values under $50,000. The use of lottery proceeds, determined by the terms and conditions of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, must be used in a charitable fashion and have a public benefit for the residents of the community and the province of Ontario.

Prices for a bingo licence is the amount of prize x 3% x number of events; raffle licences are 3% of total prize value; and a break open ticket licence is based on total prizes per box x 3% x number of boxes.

Organizations are encouraged to raise funds through other means, membership fees, grants, or other fundraising activities, in addition to gaming schemes.

Contact our City Hall Licensing Clerk at 807-467-2000 or the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario at or 1-800-522-2876