A Charitable Gaming Event is a lottery scheme conducted at a bingo hall, where proceeds are pooled, for which a licence is issued to conduct and manage one or more lotteries including bingo and break open tickets.
The Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming issues a licence to member organizations in conjunction with the individually approved municipal licences.
The Municipal Licensing Authority issues individual licences to member organizations.
Electronic Funds Transfer
Electronic Funds Transfer is a system of technology that allows for pooled lottery proceeds to be transferred securely by electronic means from the lottery trust account(s) of the Hall Charities Association to the lottery trust account(s) of its member organizations.
Hall Charities Associations who choose to use Electronic Funds Transfer to disburse pooled lottery proceeds to their member organizations lottery trust accounts electronically rather than writing cheques must comply with the Registrar's Standards Financial Management and Administration for Bingo Halls where Proceeds are Pooled (4242, listed below).
Hall Charities Associations planning to implement Electronic Funds Transfer can find additional information in the
Lottery Licensing Policy Manual
Bingo Prize Board Payout
A key component of the bingo revenue model is the Registrar's prescribed bingo prize board payout at a maximum of 70% and the requirement that the industry comply with it on a quarterly basis.
In response to requests for more industry performance indicators, these bingo prize board payout tables provide the average quarterly prize board for each pooling bingo hall operating under the bingo revenue model. The Registrar remains committed to providing the industry with information to assist them in achieving compliance with the prize board payout requirement.
Current and previous bingo prize board payout tables
are available for review.
Pooling Bingo Halls: Advertising and Marketing Guidelines (6183, listed below): This guide is intended to assist stakeholders in developing Hall Marketing Plans that are in compliance with the Terms and Conditions of licences, the Registrar's standards, directives and policies, the Gaming Control Act, 1992 and Regulations.
Application and Reporting Process
One process with two application forms:
Individual member organizations of a Hall Charities Association each complete a Charitable Gaming Application. Completed applications are forwarded to the Hall Charities Association Administrator for review.
Once in receipt of all completed Charitable Gaming Applications, the Hall Charities Association Administrator prepares the Charitable Gaming Summary Application and Charitable Gaming Spreadsheet. Upon completion, the Hall Charities Association forwards the Charitable Gaming Applications, Charitable Gaming Summary Application and Charitable Gaming Spreadsheet to the Municipal Licensing Authority for processing. The Municipal Licensing Authority will be responsible for forwarding the applications, and all attachments, to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
Required attachments to applications:
- Copy of Game Schedule
- House Rules
- Municipal Licence Fee
The licensee must conduct and manage the event in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the licence as well as any Standards and Directives issued by the Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming.
Individual charitable licensees are responsible for completing the Charitable Gaming Event Report (4225, listed below) at the conclusion of each licensed event. Individual charitable licensees must also complete the Charitable Gaming Report (4226, listed below) on a monthly basis and submit the report to the Municipal Licensing Authority.
On a monthly basis, the Hall Charities Association Administrator summarizes the individual event reports and prepares the Charitable Gaming Summary Report (4224, listed below). The Charitable Gaming Summary Report also includes the Bingo Hall Owner or Operator Report (4227, listed below) completed by the Bingo Hall Owner or Operator and summarizing all other revenues generated at the bingo hall. Upon completion, the Hall Charities Association forwards a copy of the Charitable Gaming Summary Report and the Bingo Hall Owner or Operator Report to the Municipal Licensing Authority.
Required attachments to reports:
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Application Forms, Reports and Terms and Conditions
Pooling Bingo Halls: Advertising and Marketing Guidelines
This guide is intended to assist stakeholders in developing Hall Marketing Plans that are in compliance with the Terms and Conditions of licences, the Registrar´s standards, directives and policies, the Gaming Control Act, 1992 and Regulations.
Important Application Reminders
- For PDF forms completed online or offline, please ensure ALL the input information has printed out on your application.
- For PDF forms filled-in by hand, please ensure you PRINT legibly in black ink.
- Please ensure ALL required questions are completed. Incomplete, improperly completed or unsigned applications will be returned to applicant.
- Do not email application forms. Mail application(s) along with ALL supporting documents to:
Alcohol and Gaming Commission
Licensing and Registration
90 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M2N 0A4
Please read the "Instructions" portion of the application(s) for supporting document requirements.