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Lottery Licenses are obtained from the Municipal Clerk's office located at Town Hall. Lottery licenses are required if money is paid for a chance to win a prize.

Is my organization eligible?

The eligibility of your organization will be determined by the licensing office. Charitable registration with Revenue Canada or incorporation as a non-profit organization does not guarantee eligibility for licenses.

Your organization may be eligible if it:

  • Has a purpose to provide charitable services to Ontario residents to:
    • relieve poverty
    • advance religion
    • advance education
    • benefit the community
  • Has carried out activities consistent with its charitable purpose for at least one year
  • Is located in Ontario
  • Is non-profit

Lotteries

Are you eligible for a Charitable Gaming Licence?

Take our Lottery License Questionnaire to find out if you are eligible. You may also refer to our Quick Guide to Lottery Licensing below for additional information.

Break Open

A break open ticket is a device made of cardboard and which has perforated cover window tabs behind which are symbols revealed by tearing open the cover tab. The winning combination of symbols is specified on the back of the ticket. Break open tickets are also known as “Nevada tickets” or “pull tabs”.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario provides the information regarding Break Open Ticket Licensing.

Bazaar

A Bazaar is an event where any combination of the following lotteries may be conducted: a) a raffle not exceeding $50,000 in prizes; (b) a bingo not exceeding $5,500 in prizes; and (c) a maximum of three wheels of fortune with a maximum $2.00 bet.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario provides the information regrading Bazaar licensing.

Raffle

There are different types of raffles that can be held. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario provides the terms and conditions and application information needed to apply for a Raffle License.

 Quick Guide to Lottery Licensing 

Are You Eligible for Charitable Gaming Licenses?

The eligibility of your organization will be determined by the licensing office you are applying to. Charitable registration with Revenue Canada or incorporation as a non-profit organization does NOT guarantee eligibility for licenses.

The eligibility of your organization will be determined by the licensing office you are applying to. Charitable registration with Revenue Canada or incorporation as a non-profit organization does NOT guarantee eligibility for licenses. 

Your organization may be eligible if it: 

Has a purpose to provide charitable services to Ontario residents to: 

  • relieve poverty           
  • advance religion 
  • advance education   
  • benefit the community 
  • has carried out activities consistent with its charitable purpose for at least 1 year
  • is located in Ontario
  • is non-profit

Examples may include: 

  • hospitals   
  • service clubs 
  • youth activities or sports   
  • arts or culture 

Organizations that only promote the private interests of their members do NOT qualify for gaming event licenses. This may include, but is NOT limited to: 
  • adult recreation or sports 
  • individual sport teams 
  • unions or employee groups 
  • social clubs 
  • professional associations 
  • political, government, lobbying or advocacy groups. 

Note to Applicants 

Ensure that you read and understand your event License Terms and Conditions before proceeding with the application package.
  • This package is used to apply to the municipal office of Municipality of Port Hope for charitable gaming event licenses. 
  • Keep a copy of all license application documents for your records
  • Activities are regulated by Criminal Code of Canada, Section 206 & 207, Ontario Order in Gaming Control Act, 1992 and Regulations.
  • You can obtain copies of the Gaming Control Act and Regulations, Provincial Information Bulletins, and forms from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s website at www.agco.on.ca

Licence Application Instructions

  • Your license application is a legal document and will be returned or delayed if the instructions (below) are not followed or if checklist items (on Application) are missing. This may result in the cancellation of your charitable gaming event; 
  • Municipality of Port Hope requires a minimum of 5 days processing time and 14 days for first time licensees;
  • Type or legibly print all information;
  • Answer every question completely;
  • Only original forms and signatures will be accepted;
  • Persons signing any Licence Application must have a good knowledge of the applicable Licence Terms and Conditions
  • It is illegal to print tickets, promote or conduct a charitable gaming event without a license

Incomplete Applications

Please note that all information including appropriate documentation and fees must be included in your application. Incomplete packages will be returned to your organization. Your organization cannot print or sell tickets until you are licensed and all tickets must indicate the license number. It is your responsibility to notify the Lottery Licence Office of any changes to your organization.

Application Changes 

  • If you make changes to your Licence Application package before you submit it to your licensing office, each change must be initialed on each document by the Licence Application signors and other signors of that document;
  • Changes to your submitted Licence Application package must be made in writing on your organization's letterhead, signed by the Licence Application signors and include supporting documents that are affected. Municipality of Port Hope requires at least 5 days written notice. Application changes are NOT automatically approved and may NOT be permitted.

Renewal Applications

  • Organizations must submit their renewal applications to the Municipality of Port Hope  30 calendar days prior to the expiry of the lottery license.  This will allow applications to be given full and proper consideration by staff.
  • If you require clarification on any of the above please feel free to contact the Lottery License Officer by calling 905-885-4544 or by email.


If you would like more information, call 905-885-4544 or email us to speak with the Lottery Licence Officer at the Municipality of Port Hope.