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Bingo Lottery Licensing

Windsor "Bingo" Class Action

The attached notice is directed to all those Class Members in the Bingo Class Action who previously exercised their right to opt out and who wish to reconsider their decision. Please read the notice carefully, as it may affect your legal rights:

Procedures for Bingo Lottery Licensing

All new organizations wishing to conduct bingo events in Windsor must provide the Licensing and Enforcement Department with the following information or documents for their application to be considered:

a) A detailed letter outlining:

  1. Purposes and objectives of the organization.
  2. Purpose for which the bingo proceeds will be used.
  3. How long the organization has been in existence.
  4. A listing of all members of the organization including names, addresses and (for sports groups) ages.
  5. A letter from the Principal stating he does not object (schools only).

b) A copy of letters patent (incorporation papers) or charitable registration papers (not applicable to schools and churches). All those applying must submit a constitution and/or by-laws.

c) A copy of the organization's budget for the preceding and coming years (not necessarily including bingos).

Note: Prior to applying for bingo licensing, please be advised that all organizations must be in existence for a 12-month (1-year) period and that lottery fundraising is not the only source of generating revenue.

After review of the submitted information:

  • Licensing and Enforcement Department will advise the organization, by letter, of the status of the application.
  • Any new organization, once approved, must provide this office with police clearances on the two signing officers and have secured dates and times at a bingo hall.
  • The organization should contact the Hall Charities Association to arrange the application of the bingo licence and the dates of the bingo sessions.
  • An application form to be completed, in detail, by two bona fide members of the organization should be submitted to the Hall Charities Association (event dates and times subject to availability).
  • The licence fee is $165.00 per session and would be paid on behalf of the Hall Charities Association. The fee would be deducted from the charities disbursement of bingo proceeds.
  • The licensed organization must submit a charitable report every month.
  • The organization may not conduct bingo events in other municipalities.
  • The organization must comply with the Terms and Conditions set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Control Commission of Ontario.
  • A financial year-end statement must be submitted after the organization's year-end. Every organization's year-end is different.

For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries and/or to speak to a Gaming Analyst, please call (519) 255-6100, ext. 6586 or ext. 1876.