Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence: series of events with yearly prizes over $30,000 or a single event with total prizes over $2,500

Apply for a Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence. Charities, religious organizations and non-profit community organizations need the licence to run a series of bingo games with total yearly prizes over $30,000 or a single bingo game with total prizes over $2,500.

By law, charities, religious organizations and non-profit community organizations must have a Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence to run a series of bingo games with total yearly prizes over $30,000 or a single bingo game with total prizes over $2,500.

You can apply for a Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence for:

  • 3-year term (series licence for total yearly prizes over $30,000)
  • single event (single licence for total prizes over $2,500)

Reporting requirements

With a Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence, you need to submit a Bingo Financial Report for a series of bingo games with total yearly prizes over $30,000 or a single bingo game with total prizes over $2,500.

Bingo equipment

All bingo equipment (including paper) needs to be supplied by an individual or organization licensed under the Bingo Suppliers Regulations.

Bingo equipment includes:

  • random number selection equipment
  • bingo balls
  • number display boards
  • bingo cards, paper and sets
  • verification books or electronic verifiers

Eligibility

You need to be 19 or older and authorized by the charity, religious organization or non-profit community organization to apply.

You need to submit your application at least 15 business days before your first event.

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  3. Include payment with your application.
  4. Send your completed application, supporting documents and payment by mail, email or fax. Or visit the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division.
  5. You may also need to complete an interview and provide additional information if asked by the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division.

How long it takes

It should take 2 weeks to get the licence. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

Activity Fee
Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence (series) when total prizes are more than $30,000 $90.45
Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence (single) when total prizes are more than $2,500 $30.15

You also need to pay a fee when you submit the Bingo Financial Report.

Payment options

Visa, MasterCard, debit card, cheque, money order, cash. A cheque or money order should be made payable to the Minister of Finance. Payment options may vary depending on how you apply.

Before you start

Make sure you have a copy of the games list and house rules.

First-time applicants may also need to provide a copy of:

  • Certificate of Registration
  • by-laws
  • memorandum of association
  • list of executives and positions held

Renewal

You need to renew your Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence (series) every 3 years. You should get a renewal notice in the mail before the renewal date. It’s your responsibility to renew on time.

You can’t renew your Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence (single), but you can apply for a new one.

Application form