The Town of Innisfil issues lottery licences to eligible charities and religious organizations within the community for the purpose of raising funds through events such as bingos, raffles, break-open tickets and social gaming events. As per the Criminal Code of Canada, all lotteries and raffles are required to have a licence.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) administers the charitable lottery licensing program in the province.

Types of licensed lottery events

We have the authority to issue lottery licences for:

  • Bingo events, with prize boards of up to $5,500
  • Media bingo events with prizes up to $5,500
  • Break-open tickets for local organizations
  • Raffle lotteries with total prizes of up to $50,000
  • Bazaar lotteries, including wheel of fortune games with a maximum bet of $2.00, raffles not exceeding $500 and bingo events of up to $500

Before you apply

If you are not currently licensed by the Town to conduct a lottery, or have not been licensed in the past two years, you must complete and submit the Lottery Licensing Eligibility Review Form, along with your supporting documentation and any fees, to the Town. View the form for more information on application instructions.

Eligible organizations

You must meet the following mandatory pre-requisites to be considered eligible for a lottery licence. Your organization must:

  • Be a non-profit or registered charitable organization
  • Have been in existence for at least one year
  • Have a place of business in Ontario
  • Prove how it benefits the citizens of Innisfil and area as a whole
  • Conduct one of the following primary purposes: Relief of poverty, advancement of education, advancement of religion, or other charitable purposes beneficial to the community
  • Be properly organized such that it is separate from any other organization (e.g. legally, financially and organizationally)

Ineligible organizations

  • Adult hobby groups
  • Adult recreational or adult-oriented sports (e.g. hockey teams)
  • Elected municipal representative groups, including municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments
  • Government agencies or bodies
  • Political lobby groups and those persuading the public to adopt a particular view on a broad social question
  • Political parties
  • Private sports or clubs (e.g. golfing, curling)
  • Professional associations, unions and employee groups
  • Professional or semi-professional athletics (e.g. CFL, NHL, AHL, OHL)
  • Social clubs
  • Those attempting to bring about or oppose changes in the law or government policy
  • Those promoting a political doctrine

Apply for a lottery licence

The AGCO provides a full list of the many types of charitable gaming lottery licences available. You can apply for the following lottery licences through the AGCO, that the Town may then approve. Details and information on how to apply is found on each corresponding AGCO lottery event page:

You can also contact us for an application form.

Please submit your AGCO application to the Town by mail or in-person at Town Hall, or by email at, along with:

Our staff will promptly follow up with you after receiving your application.

Licence application fee

Your lottery licence application fee is payable to the Town of Innisfil and due when the lottery licence has been issued and is ready for pickup. The fee is 3% of the total value of the prize to be drawn. View our fees and charges for more information.

Lottery Licensing Policy

Licensed charitable and religious organizations must conduct and manage their events in accordance with the AGCO's Lottery Licensing Policy Manual, which outlines the legal and policy framework and administrative processes for lottery licensing purposes.

The Town may attach terms and conditions to a licence, in addition to those established by the Province of Ontario, provided they do not conflict with provincial terms, conditions or policies. Organizations must also abide by these terms and conditions and fulfill all prescribed reporting requirements.

Lottery Licence By-law

For more information about lottery licences with the Town of Innisfil, view our Lottery Licence By-law.