The social occasion permit application combines the liquor permit and raffle application – this for an event where liquor will be sold or served by the permit holder. The social occasion raffle application is only for a licence to have a raffle at an event and does not permit the individual to sell or serve liquor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 at socials has always been a tradition. Through this new licensing program, it is now lawful to hold fundraising raffles at these events.
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.
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