Lottery Licences

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Bingo in a Public Place

Bingo is a game of chance where players are awarded a prize or prizes for being the first to complete a specified arrangement of numbers selected at random.

The City licenses bingos that are held in a public place with prize boards up to $5,500. Public places include school gymnasiums, church halls and community centres.

Bingo games with a prize board over $5,500 are licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).


Eligible Organizations

Your organization may be eligible if it:

  • Has been in existence for at least one year
  • Has provided charitable community services consistent with the goals and activities of the organization for at least one year in Toronto
  • Proposes to use the proceeds for charitable programs and services that benefit Toronto and its residents
  • Assumes full responsibility for the conduct and management of the lottery event


  • An individual is not eligible for a lottery licence
  • An organization conducting bingo must provide a minimum of 3 bona fide members:
    • members in good standing who have other activities, beyond conducting lotteries within the organization
    • 'members of convenience' whose only activities are to assist at bingo events are not considered bona fide members


How to Apply

New Applicant

Organization has not been licensed in the last two years.