In Canada, all authority to licence gaming activity flows from provisions in the Criminal Code (Canada).
In 1969, the Government of Canada amended the Criminal Code making it possible for eligible charitable and religious organizations to conduct and manage lottery schemes under a licence issued by the appropriate provincial authority.
Based on the authority conferred by the Criminal Code, the Government of Ontario has passed an Order-in-Council, delegating its authority to licence charitable gaming events to:
The Registrar has the authority to licence all types of approved lottery events. Municipal councils may licence certain types of approved lottery events.
Issuing Lottery Licences
The Order-in-Council gives municipal councils the authority to issue licences for most lottery events conducted in their communities, including:
Municipal Administrative Responsibilities
As long as it does not contravene criteria established by the Registrar, a municipal council may develop additional criteria, through by-laws and policies, for making licensing decisions and administering lottery licensing in their municipality. In this regard, the Council of the Town of Lincoln did enact By-law No. 96-102 on October 21, 1996, prescribing additional municipal policies with respect to licenses issued by the Town of Lincoln.
Municipalities must also:
A municipal council may refuse, suspend or cancel licences, in accordance with the Order-in-Council and the Registrarís policies. The AGCO is available to assist the municipality in any compliance and investigation matters.
Lottery Licensing Officers
In the Town of Lincoln, the Corporoate Services Department has received direction from Council to administer the municipality's responsibilities in accordance with Federal, Provincial and Municipal policies. Additionally, municipal and provincial licensing officials must:
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) maintains current Gaming and Lottery Information at their website, including applicable Charitable Lottery Licensing Information (such as charitable lottery terms of reference and application forms for all types of lottery events).