Getting started on your bingo application – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
First time applying for a bingo licence or maybe it’s been a long time since your last application? Either way, we’ve got you covered! These FAQs will help get you started and ensure your application process is as smooth as possible. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the complete document before getting started to help simplify the process and ensure you have everything you need to complete your application.
Do I need a bingo licence?
Yes. The Criminal Code of Canada states that all gaming is illegal, unless it is licensed or operated by a government agency. Licensing authorities in each province may only license charitable or religious organizations to raise funds.
Who is eligible to hold a bingo licence?
Charitable or religious organizations are eligible if proceeds from the gaming are used for their charitable or religious object or purpose. Please see Section 6 - Eligibility in the Charitable Gaming Policy & Procedure Manual for further information.
Are there different types of bingo licences?
Yes, there are different bingo licences depending on the type of bingo you want to conduct. These are outlined when you begin to fill out the application. You can also see them by clicking here.
When should I apply for my bingo licence?
We require a minimum of 15 business days to review and process applications. It’s important to note that review times will vary if the application is incomplete and/or if all supporting documents and processing fees are not submitted at the time of application.
What is the cost of a licence?
Application fees vary depending on the type of bingo licence. Current fees can be found here.
How do I apply?
You can apply for a bingo licence right from your computer! If you already have an online account with SLGA from a previous licence you can go to www.slga.com, select Permits and Licences and click on Charitable Gaming to find the bingo licence applications.
If this is your first time, you will need to create and complete a user profile before proceeding with your bingo application. Your online account will be where you can see the status of your application, check dates for required financial reports, print your licence, etc. Here is a step-by-step guide to follow to complete your user profile:
- Go to www.slga.com
- Click on ‘Sign In/Register’ located at the top right of the page
- Then click on the Register button. You will be asked to provide your name, email address and a password to create your account.
- Once you fill in those details and click ‘register,’ you will receive a confirmation email to the email address you provided. It should arrive fairly soon after creating the account so check your spam/junk folder if it doesn’t show up in your Inbox. If it’s still not there, simply click on the ‘Resend email’ box and the system will try again.
- When you open the SLGA Account Registration email, click on the ‘confirm registration’ button and you should see a message telling you the registration was successful.
- Congratulations! You have created your account. You’re almost ready to start your application.
- Please keep reading to find out what information you will need to have ready to complete the application.
What information should I have ready before starting the application process?
With your account created, you’re almost ready to start the application process! You will need a number of documents to complete your application so it’s best to have them handy before getting started. (Please note: incomplete applications can delay the processing/approval timeframe).
Here’s a list of the documents you’ll need:
- Charity eligibility form;
- Use of proceeds form;
- Charter and bylaws;
- Financial statements;
- Articles of Incorporation (if applicable);
- A separate bank account for lottery proceeds only (excluding Small Class C Restricted Bingo Licences).
I’m ready to start my application. Where can I find the bingo application forms and get started?
All of the application forms can be found here.
Are bingo licensees still eligible to receive a grant after their bingo event is over?
Yes. The charitable gaming grant program provides a grant equal to 25 per cent of the net proceeds raised at the bingo event(s) (up to a maximum of $100,000.00 per fiscal year, per licence and per charity).
How do licensees receive these grants?
Good news: there is no additional paperwork required to apply for the grants. Upon successfully conducting the bingo event(s) on your licence, the required financial report that you submit to SLGA also acts as your application for the grant. SLGA may contact your organization for additional documentation during their review of the financial report.
I still have questions/need assistance. How can I get help?
SLGA’s Licensing Specialists are available to assist you in the application process and to answer any related questions you may have. We’re here to help Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4:45 pm. In Regina, call (306) 787-5563 or toll free 1-800-667-7565. You can also email email@example.com.