The City provides licences for paper-based raffles with prizes up to $50,000 to eligible non-profit charitable organizations. This includes but is not limited to 50/50, elimination, calendar and catch-the-ace-draws.

For paper-based raffles with prizes over $50,000 and all electronic raffles, contact the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

An electronic raffle is the use of computers for the sale of tickets, the selection of winners and the distribution of prizes.

Your organization may be eligible if it is a charitable, non-profit and/or religious organization that:

  • Has carried out charitable programs or services providing a direct benefit to Toronto residents for a minimum of one year
  • Meets all Provincial and Municipal eligibility criteria
  • Assumes full responsibility for the conduct and management of the lottery event

Note:

  • A business or an individual is not eligible for a lottery licence

A new applicant is an organization that has not received an eligibility approval issued by the City of Toronto in the past two years. Applying for a lottery licence as a new applicant is a two-step process.

Step 1: Applying for an eligibility review

Step 2: Applying for a lottery licence

Step 1: Applying for an Eligibility Review

New applicants must submit:

The City will review your application and notify you of your organization’s eligibility to conduct a lottery.

An eligibility review takes up to 30 business days to complete. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Step 2: Applying for a Lottery Licence

You can apply for a lottery licence if you have a current eligibility approval issued by the City of Toronto within the past two years. If you do not have a current eligibility approval or if your approval has expired, please see Step 1 above or contact a Lottery Licence Officer for information (see contact information).

To apply for a raffle lottery licence, review the Lottery Licence Terms and Conditions and Raffle Licence Terms and Conditions. Once both terms and conditions have been thoroughly reviewed, submit :

For Hospital 50/50 Payroll draws, review the rules of play.

The City will process and issue your licence within 15 business days. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Apply Online, In-Person or by Mail

Apply for Eligibility Review Online

Submit New Eligibility Review

Submit Eligibility Review Renewal

Apply for Lottery Licence Online

Save yourself time and apply online. Please have all required documents ready to upload before starting the application, as it requires 10-15 minutes to complete and cannot be saved. Download a step by step guide on how to submit a new application.

Submit Application

If you have already submitted an application you may upload additional documents using your upload token.

Upload Documents for Existing Request

Apply In-Person

For in-person service at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Ave., 3rd Floor., you must book an appointment online, below.  Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Book Appointment

Please arrive 10-15 mins early to check in and be on time for your appointment or you may be turned away and asked to re-book for another day and time, subject to availability.

You must bring a complete application as applications will not be accepted unless all the required documents are provided. Bring hard copies of all required documents and forms. Digital copies of documents will not be accepted.

Payment can only be made by debit, credit or cheque. Cash will not be accepted.

Apply by Mail

To submit documents for the eligibility review or to apply for a lottery licence, please send it to:

Gaming Services
Municipal Licensing and Standards
850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4C 5R1

A renewal applicant is an organization that has an active eligibility approval issued by the City of Toronto within the past two years.

To apply for a raffle lottery licence, review the Lottery Licence Terms and Conditions and Raffle Licence Terms and Conditions. Once both terms and conditions have been thoroughly reviewed, submit :

For Hospital 50/50 Payroll draws, review the rules of play.

The City will process and issue your licence within 15 business days. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

You can apply for new lottery licences or permits online, in-person or by mail.

Apply for Lottery Licence Online

Save yourself time and apply online. Please have all required documents ready to upload before starting the application, as it requires 10-15 minutes to complete and cannot be saved. Download a step by step guide on how to submit a new application.

Submit Application

If you have already submitted an application you may upload additional documents using your upload token.

Upload Documents for Existing Request

Apply In-Person

For in-person service at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Ave., 3rd Floor., you must book an appointment online, below. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Book Appointment

Please arrive 10-15 mins early to check in and be on time for your appointment or you may be turned away and asked to re-book for another day and time, subject to availability.

You must bring a complete application as applications will not be accepted unless all the required documents are provided. Bring hard copies of all required documents and forms. Digital copies of documents will not be accepted.

Payment can only be made by debit, credit or cheque. Cash will not be accepted.

Apply by Mail

To submit documents for the eligibility review or to apply for a lottery licence, please send it to:

Gaming Services
Municipal Licensing and Standards
850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4C 5R1

Payments can be made online once you have received your invoice number. If your organization has been assigned a Gaming Services lottery officer, please contact them should you wish to obtain an invoice number and pay online. If you have not yet been assigned a lottery officer, please contact Gaming Services, City of Toronto at lotterylicences@toronto.ca or call 416-392-7037.

Pay Online

Payments can also be submitted by cheque. Please make cheques payable to the Treasurer, City of Toronto, and mail to Gaming Services, 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M4C 5R1.

Once your licensed raffle event has concluded, you are required to submit reports. The report must be filed within 30 days of the event in accordance with the licence terms and conditions.

Review the Raffle Lottery Report Requirements and the Blanket Raffle Lottery Report Requirements and submit:

Supporting documents should include any relevant documentation relating to your organization’s activities over the reporting period, such as

  • Invoices or receipts
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) confirmation receipts
  • Cheque images (front and back) cleared by the financial institution

You can submit reports online, in-person or by mail.

Submit Online

Download a step by step guide on how to submit a report.

Submit Reports

Submit In-Person

For in-person service at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Ave., 3rd Floor., you must book an appointment online, below. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Book Appointment

Please arrive 10-15 mins early to check in and be on time for your appointment or you may be turned away and asked to re-book for another day and time, subject to availability.

You must bring a complete application as applications will not be accepted unless all the required documents are provided. Bring hard copies of all required documents and forms. Digital copies of documents will not be accepted.

Payment can only be made by debit, credit or cheque. Cash will not be accepted.

Submit by Mail

To mail in your report and documents, please send it to:

Gaming Services
Municipal Licensing and Standards
850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4C 5R1