Eligibility and use of Proceeds
To be eligible to receive a lottery licence, an organization must first have charitable purposes and objects that fall within one of the four classifications of charitability:
(a) the relief of poverty
(b) the advancement of education
(c) the advancement of religion
(d) other charitable purposes beneficial to the community, not falling under (a), (b) or (c).
In order for the Township of Russell to consider an organization’s application for a lottery licence in the Township, it must also fulfill the following criteria:
• have been in existence for at least one year;
• have provided charitable community services consistent with the primary objects and purposes of the organization for at least one year;
• have a place of business in Ontario;
• demonstrate that it is established to provide charitable services in Ontario;
• propose to use proceeds for charitable purposes or objects that benefit Ontario and its residents; and
• assume full responsibility for the conduct and management of its lottery events.
When an organization first applies for any type of lottery licence, or whenever an eligibility review is required, it must provide all of the following information and documents that apply to it:
• a copy of its letters patent;
• a copy of its constitution and bylaws;
• a copy of its budget for the current year;
• a copy of its financial statements for the preceding year;
• a list of its Board of Directors;
• its latest report to the Public Guardian and Trustee;
• its charitable number for income tax purposes;
• a copy of its Notification of Charitable Registration letter from the Canada Revenue Agency with any supporting documentation, indicating the applicant’s status and terms of registration;
• copies of its charitable returns to the Canada Revenue Agency for the previous calendar year;
• a detailed description of its activities;
• a copy of its annual report; and
• complete, sign and return the Questionnaire respecting applicants for lottery licence.
Applicants for lottery licences must ensure that applications are:
a) correctly and completely filled out. Errors and omissions can cause delays in the issuance of the licence;
b) duly signed, filled out and submitted at least 14 days prior to the event or 21 days for first time organizations.
c) accompanied by the licensing fee pursuant to the applicable User Fee By-law which is presently 3% of the total proposed prize up to a maximum of $50.00 per application for Rafflle, Bingo and Break Open Tickets applications.
Guick Guide and Information Packages:
- Quick Guide to Lottery Licence Applications
- Raffle Lottery Information Package
- Break Open Ticket Lottery Information Package
- Bingo Lottery Information Package
For further information and/or to obtain applications, terms and conditions, and reports:
- Visit the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario website at:
- Contact the Clerk’s office by email or call 613.443.3066 x/2310.