Apply for a charitable gaming lottery licence

Learn how to apply for a licence that lets you run a bingo, raffle, or other lottery game.

Determine which licensing authority you need to apply to.

It can be either the AGCO or your municipality. 


See charitable gaming fees for details about fees for the different licences. 

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The AGCO regulates charities and religious groups that host lottery games. We check that you are eligible and following the rules. We also register the people who work for provide gaming services to charities or religious groups. 


Before a charity or religious group can get a charitable gaming licence with the AGCO, you must apply for “charitable gaming eligibility” (CGE). This application decides whether you can get a lottery licence. If your organization qualifies, you’ll get a CGE number.  

You can apply for a CGE and a lottery licence at the same time. To learn more about submitting your CGE application. Learn more about getting a CGE for charitable and religious organizations. 

Determine the right licensing authority

Find out whether you need to apply with the AGCO or your municipality to get the lottery licence you’re looking for. The licensing authority depends on where you are located, the expected prize amount, and the type of lottery. 



Charitable gaming events conducted and managed 

in a charitable gaming site with four or more events 

per week, or three or fewer events per week 

(under the bingo revenue model) 

  • Maximum of $165 per event (municipal authorization fee)
  • 0.78% of gross wager on all lotteries (provincial licence fee) 
Bingo (regular) (non-pooling bingo halls)      
  • 3% of prizes 
Special (monster) bingo (non-pooling bingo halls) 
  • 3% of prizes 
Super Jackpot (non-pooling bingo halls)      
  • (Full super jackpot prize + line prizes) x the number of events x 40% x 3% 
Media bingo (non-pooling bingo halls) 
  • 3% of prizes 
Table board bingo (non-pooling bingo halls) 
  • Number of sessions, multiplied by the maximum payout, multiplied by 3% 
Progressive bingo game (non-pooling bingo halls) 
  • Total number of sessions x $12 
Loonie progressive game (non-pooling bingo halls)      
  • Total number of sessions x $2 
Break open ticket 
  • 3% of prizes 
Raffle lotteries      
  • 3% of prizes* 
Special occasion gaming event 
  • $5 per blackjack table
  • $5 per wheel of fortune
  • 3% of prizes for a raffle conducted in conjunction with the special occasion gaming event 
Fair or exhibition gaming event
  • $10 per blackjack table per day
  • $10 per wheel of fortune per day
  • $100 per merchandise bingo 
Bazaar gaming event 
  • 3% of prizes for a bingo
  • 3% of prizes for a raffle
  • $10 per wheel of fortune per day 

*The licence fee for all stand-alone raffle licences issued by the Registrar is 1% of the prize board. 

Step 1: Prepare your application

If this is your first time applying for a lottery licence, you also need to apply for charitable gaming eligibility (CGE). You can submit these two applications at the same time. See the “Eligibility” section above for how to get a CGE number.  

Step 2: Apply online

If you’re applying for the first time you need to set up an iAGCO account:

  • Go to the iAGCO online portal.
  • Click on Create a New Account at the top of the page.
  • Complete all the details on the screen.  
  • Confirm your account registration through the confirmation email iAGCO sends you.
  • Make sure the mailing address you have given to AGCO is up to date.

When you have an iAGCO account set up:

  • Log in to your iAGCO account.
  • Click on the link to Start a New Application under New Applications.
  • Select Charitable Gaming Lottery Licences on the New Application screen, then press Next.
  • Choose the lottery licence type from the drop down menu, then press Next.
  • Go through the rest of the screens. Answer all the questions. Submit the documents the application asks for. 

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Step 3: Wait for a decision  

Once you’ve been approved for a licence, you need to conduct your charitable lottery event in the right way. Read the Terms and conditions for charitable lottery licencing.


Know your responsibilities

Licensed organizations must conduct and manage their events in accordance with licensing policies and the terms and conditions of the licences and fulfil all prescribed reporting requirements. Information on conducting and managing lottery events can be found in the AGCO’s Lottery Licensing Policy Manual, which provides an outline of the legal and policy framework and administrative procedures for lottery licensing purposes.  

Make sure you understand all your responsibilities as a licensee. For a full view of applicable requirements and regulations, read about your Responsibilities and resources.