What does charitable gaming include?
In Saskatchewan, licensed forms of charitable gaming include bingo, breakopen tickets, raffles, Texas Hold ‘em poker and Monte Carlo events (mock casino). Chase the Ace and 50-50 draws fall under the category of raffles.
Do all raffles need to be licensed?
Yes. The Criminal Code of Canada states that all gaming is illegal, unless it is licensed or operated by a government; and that licensing authorities in each province may only license charitable or religious organizations to raise funds through lottery schemes. There are some limited options for non-profit organizations that do not qualify as charities to fundraise through small raffles for charitable objects and purposes.
Who is eligible for a charitable gaming licence?
Charitable or religious organizations are eligible if proceeds are used for a charitable or religious object or purpose. See Section 6 - Eligibility in the Licensing and Charitable Gaming Policy and Procedure Manual for further information.
How do I apply for a charitable gaming licence?
SLGA issues licences for charitable gaming including: raffles (including 50-50 and Chase the Ace), bingo, Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournaments, Monte Carlo Charity Events (mock casino), and breakopen tickets (commonly referred to as ‘Nevada’ tickets).
All applicants must completely fill out the application for the particular licence they wish to obtain. Click here for a list of licences.
New applicants may also be asked to attach a copy of the organization’s incorporation papers, constitution, bylaws and minutes of the formation meeting with the application. Typically, each organization is required to have a separate chequing account, with monthly returned cheques, that is for gaming revenue only. Organizations must deposit all gaming proceeds into this account.
What is the charitable gaming grant program?
The government provides charitable groups and organizations a grant equal to 25 per cent of the net revenues they raise from charitable gaming activities to a maximum of $100,000 annually.
Who is eligible for charitable gaming grants?
All charitable or religious groups/organizations licensed by SLGA under section 207(1)(b) of the Criminal Code to conduct bingo, breakopen ticket sales, raffles, Texas Hold ‘em poker and Monte Carlo (mock casino) events are eligible to receive the grant provided they are in good standing with SLGA.
How do you apply for the grant?
Charitable groups and organizations do not have to apply for the grants. Information for the grants will be obtained from their charitable gaming licence. Grants are issued upon receipt and processing of the charitable gaming financial report.
Who can I call to find out more information about charitable gaming licences?
You can contact SLGA’s Licensing Branch at 1(800)667-7565 or (306)787-5563 in Regina. You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org.