The AGCO is responsible for regulating and overseeing licensed lottery events (such as bingo, raffles and the sale of break open tickets) conducted by eligible charitable and religious organizations to raise funds to support charitable purposes. 

As part of the AGCO’s regulatory responsibilities in the charitable sector, the AGCO administers, in partnership with municipalities, the regulatory framework governing the issuance of charitable lottery licences.  

In addition, the AGCO conducts eligibility assessments on those looking to work in or supply goods or services to Ontario’s gaming industry to determine if applicants are suitable for registration under the Gaming Control Act, 1992.

There are six classes of registration that apply to those who work in or supply the charitable sector in Ontario:

  1. Operators – owners and operators of gaming sites (including bingo halls)
  2. Sellers – retailers of OLG lottery products and/or break open tickets
  3. Gaming-related suppliers – suppliers of gaming-related equipment or services in relation to charitable gaming
  4. Category 1 Gaming Assistants – employees who exercise a significant level of decision-making authority or who have significant supervisory or training responsibility with respect to charitable gaming
  5. Category 2 Gaming Assistants – any other employees who have a role in the conduct, management or operation of the games or in the operation of the site (but who do not exercise significant decision-making authority/supervisory/training responsibilities)
  6. Trade unions – organizations within the meaning of the Labour Relations Act that represent registered gaming assistants at a gaming site

This portal is intended for those applying to become or are already registered as an Operator of a bingo hall.

Use the forms and resources below to help you apply for registration or to better understand charitable lottery licensing and/or your obligations as a registrant in the charitable sector.

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