Lottery Licensing


City of Orillia General Enquiries
50 Andrew Street South
Suite 300, Orillia
Ontario L3V 7T5

Phone: 705-325-1311
Fax: 705-325-5178

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Charitable gaming revenues are a source of funding for a large number of organizations and undertakings. The Criminal Code (Canada) allows provincial governments to set gaming regulations. The Order in Council 1413/08 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 up to $50,000
  • Bazaar lotteries, including wheel of fortune games with a maximum bet of $2.00, raffles not exceeding $500, and bingo events of up to $500

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

Types of Lottery Licences

Raffle - A raffle is a scheme where tickets are sold for a chance to win a prize at a draw and includes 50/50 draws, elimination draws, and calendar draws.

For applications and additional information on Raffle Lottery Licenes, visit the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's site.

Break-Open Ticket - A break open ticket is a device made of cardboard with perforated cover window tabs behind which are symbols revealed by tearing open the cover tab. The winning combination of symbols is specified on the back of the ticket. Break-open tickets are also knows as "Nevada tickets" or "pull tabs".

For applications and additional information on Break-Open Ticket Lottery Licenes, visit the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's site.

Bingo - Bingo events are lottery schemes where players purchase bingo paper and win prizes by being the first to complete a specified arrangement or patterns of numbers on the bingo paper from numbers selected at random. Regular bingo events have prize boards of up to $5,500.00, and Special (Monster) bingo events have prize boards over $5,500.

For applications and additional information on Bingo Lottery Licenes, visit the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's site.

Obtaining a Lottery Licence

All relevant documentation will be reviewed to determine eligibility for lottery licences. These decisions are based on what is considered charitable in law, including the Criminal Code of Canada, previous court decisions, Order in Council 1413/08 as amended, and the policies issued by the Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming.

Each application is unique. Determinations of eligibility will depend on the specific organization and its proposed use of proceeds. The following are the mandatory pre-requisites to be considered eligible for a lottery licence:

  • Organization must be a non-profit or registered charitable organization.
  • Organization must have been in existence for at least one year
  • Organization must have place of business in Ontario
  • Organization must prove how it benefits the citizens of Orillia and area as a whole
  • Organization must have one of the following primary purposes: relief of poverty, advancement of education, advancement of religion, or other charitable purposes beneficial to the community
  • Organization must be properly organized such that it is separate from any other organization (e.g., legally, financially, and organizationally)
  • Organization must provide copy of its constitution or mandate and budget

The following types of organizations are not eligible for a lottery licence:

  • Social clubs
  • Professional associations, unions, employee groups
  • Elected municipal representative groups including municipal, regional, provincial, and federal governments
  • Government agencies or bodies
  • Political lobby groups and those persuading the public to adopt a particular view on a broad social question
  • Political parties
  • Adult hobby groups
  • Private sports (e.g., golf/curling) clubs
  • Those promoting a political doctrine
  • Those attempting to bring about or oppose changes in the law or government policy
  • Professional or semi-professional athletics (e.g., CFL, NHL, AHL, OHL)
  • Adult recreational or adult oriented sports (e.g., Oldtimers Hockey Teams)

Other Lottery Forms and Guides are available on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission website.