Lottery LicenseA simple definition of gaming is an event whereby a participant has to pay to play, the winner is determined by chance, and the prize is greater than the cost to play. A lottery license is required for such an event. Consumer Services, a section of the Department of Environment, Labour and Justice, is responsible for administering The Lottery Schemes Order under which lottery licenses are issued.
In order for a license to be issued, two conditions must be met. The first requirement is with regard to the nature of the applicant. The applicant must be an organization that is non profit and charitable in nature. This can be demonstrated by the organization being registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a registered Canadian Charity, or the Attorney General otherwise deeming it to be suitable. The second requirement is that the funds raised must be used for charitable or religious purposes. The funds can only be used for:
- the relief of poverty,
- advancement of religion,
- education purposes, or
- some other similar purpose beneficial to the community.
If the above conditions are met and the application is approved, Consumer Services will issue the license.
The cost of the license is equal to 2% of the retail value of the prizes for an event where the prizes exceed $250 in value and a flat fee of $5 when the prize value equals $250 or less. If your prize value is $250 or less you can obtain a license over the counter, but if the value is more, you must make an application, pay the fee and the application will be reviewed. You are asked to make your application two weeks prior to the beginning of the event. Before making an application for a lottery license, please review our "Frequently Asked Questions".