Archives

Can I have a raffle as part of an event at my home?

No. Social occasion raffles must take place at a public place of amusement such as a banquet hall, restaurant, bar or community centre, and not in a private premises.

We are planning an event but won’t be serving liquor. We want to hold a raffle. What do we need to do?

If you are not serving or selling liquor at your event, or if the location you are holding it in already has a liquor licence, apply for a licence by submitting the social occasion raffle application.

I am holding a social at a venue that has its own liquor licence, but I want to have a raffle. What do I need to do?

If the location you are holding your event at already has a liquor licence or you are not serving or selling liquor at your event, apply for a licence by submitting the social occasion raffle application.

I am planning an event for my youth sports team, should I apply for a social occasion raffle licence?

We recognize that sports teams and other community groups hold social events at which a fundraising raffle is held. You will need a social occasion raffle licence if you are holding a fundraising raffle at a one-time social event. You would need to submit the community raffle application if you intend to hold a series of events over a period of time.

What about “perfume” raffles? Can we now raffle liquor?

Yes, you can now legally raffle off liquor, including homemade beer or wine. However, it cannot be opened or consumed until the winner gets it home. There is no need to call it “perfume” anymore.

How do I apply to hold a raffle at my social?

You will apply for a raffle at your social when you apply for your social occasion permit to serve liquor at your event. In part E of the application, you will check off a box that states you will be conducting a raffle at your event. The approved permit will note that there will be a fundraising raffle. The permit holder (the person applying – whether it is you or someone else) must comply with terms and conditions listed on the back of the social occasion permit, including these Criminal Code (Canada) limits related to holding a raffle:

  • The value of each raffle prize must not exceed $500.
  • Each ticket cannot cost more than $2.

If liquor is not being served, or the event is being held under a facility’s existing liquor licence, you will need to complete and submit the social occasion raffle application to us.

There are lots of raffles operating in Manitoba. Why are raffles at socials different?

Section 207(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (Canada) allows charitable and religious organizations to conduct raffles, like 50/50s and players’ choice. A couple getting married is not considered a charitable organization. Neighbours raising money to help a family who has lost their home in a fire is also not considered charitable organization – despite their well‑meaning intent. Neither of these examples are eligible to be licensed to hold raffles under this section of the Criminal Code (Canada).

With the combined regulatory responsibilities for liquor and gaming, we wanted to find a solution to ensure fundraising raffles at socials are regulated. So we are approving these raffles under Section 207(1)(d) of the Criminal Code (Canada) that allows these kinds of events to be conducted in public places of amusement.

Fundraising raffles have always been a part of the Manitoba social. Why do they now have to be licensed?

Fundraising at socials has always been a tradition. Through this new licensing program, it is now lawful to hold fundraising raffles at these events.

We’re planning a raffle at our social and have heard there are changes. What’s different?

Fundraising at socials has always been a tradition. We’ve clarified the rules to make it easy and lawful to hold fundraising events like 50/50 draws and “silent auctions”, which are technically known as “players’ choice raffles”. This means that when you apply for your liquor permit using the Social Occasion Permit application, you’ll now also apply for a raffle authorization on the same form.

You will just need to check the box on the application. The approved permit you receive will note that there will be a fundraising raffle(s). The permit holder must comply with terms and conditions listed on the back of the social occasion permit, including these Criminal Code (Canada) limits related to the raffle:

  • The amount or value of each raffle prize must not exceed $500.
  • Each ticket cannot cost more than $2.

For more detail, click here.