A Bingo is a charitable lottery scheme held in a facility such as a hall, legion or facility in which a prize or prizes are awarded by selling one or more bingo cards or papers to a number of players, then randomly calling numbers that may appear on the bingo cards or papers. Players attempt to complete a predetermined pattern on the bingo cards or papers using the numbers called. The player correctly completing the required pattern in the least amount of numbers, within the specified time frame, is declared the winner.
A Breakopen is a charitable lottery scheme which a specific set of prizes is awarded by selling a pre-determined number of covered tickets. The winner(s) is determined by the combination of symbols that show when the covering is removed.
A licence is required for all bingo events that have a cost to play, regardless of the price. Free bingos are the only bingo events that do not require a licence. These are bingo event where it is completely free to play, no entry fee or donation is required and it is open to anyone who wants to play.
Only charitable and religious organizations can hold a bingo and breakopen event. The LGCA licenses these types of organizations to conduct bingo and breakopen events in accordance with Section 207(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (Canada). You can learn if your organization is eligible to apply for a licence by reviewing the LGCA's eligibility guide (click here). If your organization has never been licensed or has not had a licence in three years or more, you must submit background information to show your eligibility for a licence.
Terms and Conditions
Organizations holding bingo and breakopen events must comply with the terms and conditions set by the LGCA.
The licence fee is 1.5% of the actual gross revenue of the bingo and breakopen. The fee is due after the event when you submit your financial reports. The LGCA will let you know what your reporting requirements are when your licence is issued.
All raffles held in conjunction with a bingo and breakopen event must have a raffle licence.