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.