You can apply for a lottery licence in the City of Port Colborne if you represent a charitable or religious organization. The Government of Ontario and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) regulate lottery licensing in Ontario.

If you are unsure if you need a lottery licence for your event or would like more information, please email or call our Licensing Clerk.

What is a lottery?

A lottery is an event with a fee for a chance to win a prize, including:

  • Raffles
  • Bingos
  • Break open (Nevada) tickets
  • Penny sales
  • Fifty-fifty draws

Definition of a charitable organization

The term charitable, as defined by the courts, refers to organizations that provide programs for:

  • Advancement of education
  • Relief of poverty
  • Advancement of religion
  • Other charitable purposes that benefit the community

Applying for a licence

To be eligible, your Organization must:

  • Exist for at least one year
  • Have a place of business in Ontario
  • Demonstrate that it was created to give charitable services in Ontario
  • Use proceeds for charitable objects or purposes that benefit Port Colborne residents

Complete this questionnaire to see if your organization is eligible.

You can email the completed questionnaire to the Licensing Clerk or drop it off at City Hall, 66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, ON L3K 3C8.

Lottery applications

Lottery reporting

A lottery report must be completed within 30 days from the date of your event.