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Lottery Licence

The Municipality of Clarington has the authority to issue lottery licences to eligible organizations within the community. We are also responsible for enforcing licensing policies and compliance under the terms and conditions of the licences we issue.

Our Clerk's Division issues lottery licences in accordance with Provincial Regulations.

When do I need a licence?

If your event includes:

  • An exchange of consideration or fee (i.e. money changes hands),
  • A game of chance, and
  • An opportunity to win a prize

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, your event is considered a lottery event and therefore the rules set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario apply.

Lottery licences are required for the following six events:

  • Raffles
  • 50/50 draws
  • Arm's length tickets
  • Bazaars
  • Bingos
  • Break open tickets

Who can get a licence to conduct a lottery event?

Canada's Criminal Code permits charitable and religious organizations to conduct a lottery scheme to raise funds pursuant to a licence being issued. Organizations must be providing charitable services to Ontario residents for a minimum of one year to qualify. The term "charitable" refers to organizations that provide programs or services for:

  • The relief of poverty
  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of religion
  • Other charitable purposes beneficial to the community

The primary purposes of an organization are determined by considering:

  • The mandate of the organization as set out in its incorporation documents or documents stating the organization's objects
  • The objects of the organization as described in its application for licence
  • The services which have actually been provided by the organization to the community

What types of organizations are not charitable for lottery licensing purposes?

Types of organizations that cannot be considered charitable include:

  • Professional associations, unions, employee groups
  • Elected representative groups including municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments
  • Government ministries, agents or bodies
  • Political lobby groups
  • Political parties
  • Adult hobby groups
  • Private sports clubs (e.g. golf/curling)
  • Adult sports team
  • Social clubs

How can I apply?

Application forms and information packages are available for pick up in the Clerk's Division at 40 Temperance Street in Bowmanville, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Submit completed forms along with any necessary supplementary documents for approval as outlined in the Terms and Conditions. Once received, we will assess all submissions for accuracy, and eligibility will be determined. We need a minimum of two weeks to process a lottery application and a minimum of 30 days for first time applicants.

The Municipality of Clarington is responsible for issuing Municipal lottery licences for lottery events conducted in Clarington as follows:

  • Bingo events with prize board $5,500 and under
  • Media bingo events
  • Raffle for total prizes $50,000 and under
  • Break Open licences not licensed by province
  • Bazaars

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is responsible for issuing the lottery licences as follows:

  • Bingo events with prize board over $5,500
  • Super jackpot games
  • Raffle for total prizes over $50,000
  • Electronic raffles (any prize value)
  • Provincial break open
  • All Monte Carlo events
  • All lottery schemes conducted in unorganized territories
  • All lottery schemes at a designated Fair or Exhibition or at a Public Place of Amusement
  • Break Open Ticket Sellers

Applications and resources


Break Open

The licence fee is three per cent of the total value of the prizes.


The licence fee is two per cent of the total retail value of prizes.


The licence fee is three per cent of the retail value of prizes.

A blanket raffle licence may be issued to allow eligible organizations to obtain a single lottery licence to conduct a series of raffle events within a fixed period.


The licence fee is three per cent of the retail value of prizes to a maximum total value of $500.

Contact for Provincial Lottery Licensing

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

90 Sheppard Avenue East
Suite 200-300
Toronto, ON M2N 0A4
Phone: 1-800-522-2876


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