Who can hold a raffle? What application form do I complete?

The LGA licenses charitable and religious organizations to conduct raffles as outlined in Section 207(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (Canada). Charitable and religious organizations have the option of applying for a community raffle licence if anticipated gross revenue is $10,000 or less, or a raffle licence if anticipated gross revenue is $10,000 or more. If your organization has never been licensed, you will need to submit background information about your organization with your application and we will determine your eligibility.

The LGA also licenses individuals and groups who are planning a one-time social occasion 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 players’ choice draw at the event. These draws are licensed under Section 207(1)(d) of the Criminal Code (Canada). Individuals, groups and businesses that are not charitable or religious organizations can apply for a social occasion permit if liquor is being sold or served at the event or a social occasion raffle licence if liquor is not being sold or served at the event, or if the venue holds a liquor licence.

Please read and ensure you understand the Raffle Terms and Conditions before you apply for a licence. You must comply with these terms and conditions once you are licensed.