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Regular and Monster Bingo

Bingo events are lottery schemes where players purchase bingo paper and win prizes by being the first to complete specified arrangements or patterns of numbers on the bingo paper from numbers selected at random.

Regular bingo events have prize boards of $5,500 and under, and Special (Monster) bingo events have prize boards over $5,500.

Provincial Licence

Only the Registrar of Alcohol, Gaming and Racing may issue a licence to an eligible charitable or religious organization for the following:

  • Bingo events where the total value of the prizes to be awarded at any one occasion exceeds $5,500;
  • Bingo events conducted in an unorganized territory;
  • Bingo events conducted on Federal land such as Canadian Forces Bases; and
  • Bingo events where the event is to be conducted in conjunction with another licensed lottery event.

Municipal Licence

A municipality may issue a licence to an eligible charitable or religious organization for regular bingo events where the total value of the prizes to be awarded on any one occasion does not exceed $5,500.

For those applying for a municipal licence, contact the local municipality where you intend to hold the event for more detailed information on the application process, licensing fees and required attachments.

Application Requirements

  • First time applicants should visit the Charitable Lottery Licensing Overview page for information on what’s necessary to determine eligibility
  • Municipal approval letter (if applicable)
  • Copy of bingo game schedule
  • Appropriate lottery licensing fee payable to the Minister of Finance

The licensee must conduct and manage the event in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the licence.

Bingo events are lottery schemes where players purchase bingo paper and win prizes by being the first to complete specified arrangements or patterns of numbers on the bingo paper from numbers selected at random. Regular bingo events have prize boards of $5,500 and under, and Special (Monster) bingo events have prize boards over $5,500. Provincial Licence Only the Registrar of Alcohol, Gaming and Racing may issue a licence to an eligible charitable or religious organization for the following:

Bingo

As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, application for lottery licences or permits, event-specific report forms and eligibility documents for new licences and renewals are currently accepted by email or mail only. In-person services are not being provided as City Hall remains closed. Lottery licence fee payments will be accepted by cheque only. Please make cheques payable to the Treasurer, City of Toronto. For more information, email [email protected] or call
416-392-7037.

Bingo licences may be issued for a prize value of up to $5,500 for:

  • Regular paper-based bingo
  • Special bingo in a non-commercial / public venue for organizations that host less than three events per week

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

Please review eligibility and application instructions below.

Eligibility

Your organization may be eligible if it:

  • Has been in existence and 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
  • Licenced organizations for Bingo in a commercial hall assume 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 for Bingo in a Commercial Hall:
    • Bona fide member, is an active member in good standing who has other activities within the organization beyond conducting lotteries.
    • ‘members of convenience’ whose only activities are to assist at bingo events are not considered bona fide members

How to apply

There is a Bingo Waiting List for organizations wanting to conduct bingo in one of the three commercial bingo halls in Toronto. To be placed on this list organizations must submit to Gaming Services:

  • a completed Lottery Licensing Eligibility Review Form with supporting documentation
  • an eligibility review fee of $26

Gaming Services will:

  • review your application
  • notify you in writing of your eligibility to conduct a lottery
  • if approved, place you on the City of Toronto Bingo Waiting List

An eligibility review takes 30 business days to complete. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Eligibility

Your organization may be eligible if it:

  • Has been in existence and 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
  • Licenced organizations for Bingo in a non-commercial / public venue assume 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 for Special Bingo:
    • Bona fide member, is an active member in good standing who has other activities within the organization beyond conducting lotteries
    • ‘members of convenience’ whose only activities are to assist at bingo events are not considered bona fide members

How to apply

If you have not been issued a licence to conduct any type of lottery in Toronto in the past two years you are a New Applicant and must complete an eligibility review in Step 1 and then proceed to Step 2 once you have received approval.

If you have received a licence for any type of lottery within the last two years, you are a Returning Applicant please go to Step 2.

Step 1: New Applicants

There is a two-step process for applying for Special Bingo in a non-commercial / public venue. Applicants must submit to Gaming Services:

  • A completed Lottery Licensing Eligibility Review Form with supporting documentation
  • An eligibility review fee $26

Gaming Services will review your application and notify you in writing of your organization’s eligibility to conduct a lottery.

An eligibility review takes up to 30 business days to complete. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Once approved you may move to Step 2.

Step 2: Eligibility Approved or Returning Applicant:

  • A completed Bingo Licence Application Instruction form and
  • A completed Application to Manage and Conduct a Bingo Lottery with supporting documentation
  • A lottery licensing fee – 3% of total retail value of all prizes

Gaming Services will process your application and issue your licence within 15 business days. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, application for lottery licences or permits, event-specific report forms and eligibility documents for new licences and renewals are currently accepted by email or mail only. In-person services are not being provided as City Hall remains closed. Lottery licence fee payments will be accepted by cheque only. Please make cheques […] ]]>