Can my business obtain a licence to hold a raffle and donate all the proceeds to charity?

Businesses and individuals do not qualify for raffle licences. Section 207(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (Canada) states that you must be a charitable or religious organization to be licensed to conduct a lottery scheme, which includes raffles.

We can license individuals and groups who are planning a one-time social event at a venue such as a banquet hall, restaurant, bar or community centre, and want to have a raffle such as a 50/50 or player’s choice draw at the event. These draws are licensed under Section 207(1)(d) of the Criminal Code (Canada).