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Lottery Licensing

All gaming events must be licensed, managed and conducted in compliance with the terms and conditions prescribed by the Criminal Code of Canada and the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario. Violations are subject to a maximum of $50,000.00 fine and or imprisonment.

Are You Eligible for Charitable Gaming Licences?
The eligibility of your organization will be determined by the municipal licensing office. Charitable registration with Revenue Canada or incorporation as a non-profit organization does not guarantee eligibility for lottery licences.

Your organization may be eligible if it:

  • has a purpose to provide charitable services to Ontario residents to:
    • relieve poverty
    • advance religion
    • advance education
    • benefit the community;
  • has carried out activities consistent with its charitable purpose for at least 1 year;
  • is located in Ontario;
  • is non-profit.

Examples may include:

  • hospitals
  • service clubs
  • youth activities or sports
  • arts or culture

Organizations that only promote the private interests of their members do not qualify for gaming event licences. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • adult recreation or sports
  • individual sport teams
  • unions or employee groups
  • social clubs
  • professional associations
  • political, government, lobbying or advocacy groups.

Applying for a Lottery Licence
Your licence application is a legal document and will be returned or delayed if all instructions are not followed or if applications are not properly completed. This may result in the cancellation of your charitable gaming event.

  • City of Kawartha Lakes requires a minimum of 10 days processing time and 20 days for first time licensees.
  • Type or legibly print all information.
  • Answer all questions completely.
  • Only original forms and signatures will be accepted.
  • Persons signing any licence application must have a good knowledge of the applicable Licence Terms and Conditions.
  • Once your lottery licence is issued, requests for changes will not be considered.
  • All licensing documents must be kept for a minimum of four (4) years.
  • Activities are regulated by the Criminal Code of Canada (Section 206 & 207), Gaming Control Act (1992), and Ontario Order in Council 1413/08.
  • You can obtain copies of the Gaming Control Act and Regulations, Provincial Information Bulletins, and forms from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s website at
  • It is illegal to print tickets, promote or conduct a charitable gaming event without a licence.

Please note that all information including appropriate documentation and fees must be included in your application. Incomplete packages will be returned to your organization.  It is your responsibility to notify the Lottery Licence Office of any changes to your organization such as changes to your Board of Directors, changes in programs and services, etc.

If you require additional information, please contact:
Alix Hick, Senior Licensing Officer
City of Kawartha Lakes
180 Kent St. W.
Lindsay ON  K9V 2Y6
Fax:  705.324.2051

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