NEW: As of April 1, 2023, the licence fee for most charitable gaming activities decreases from 1.5% to 1.0%. Details can be found on the page for each scheme.


The LGCA licenses charitable and religious organizations to fundraise through activities such as raffles, bingo, breakopen tickets, Texas hold’em poker tournaments and sports drafts. Funds raised through charitable gaming must be used for education, religion, health, relieving poverty, or to benefit the community by promoting sports, recreation, culture, or any other area considered appropriate by the LGCA. You can learn if your organization is eligible to apply for charitable gaming licence by reviewing the LGCA's eligibility guide (click here).

If you are offering a game with a cost to enter or play, a chance to win, and a prize, this is considered gambling and you need a licence.  Click on the links below to find out more about the type of licence you need.

The LGCA also licenses individuals and groups who are planning a one-time social event at avenue 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. Click here for information about social occasion raffles.