FA3. Does Alberta have special regulations for charity fundraising through casinos?

FA3. Does Alberta have special regulations for charity fundraising through casinos?


Short answer

Yes, it does. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission's Gaming for Charities guidelines lay out rules for charity fundraising through casinos, bingos, raffles, and pull tickets. Note that even charities not subject to registration under the Charitable Fund-Raising Act and regulation are required to comply with these rules.

Long answer

Alberta has adopted a charitable gaming model for these gaming activities. Casinos, bingos, raffles, and pull tickets may only occur when eligible charitable or religious groups apply for and receive licences to conduct gaming activities.

The Commission provides information about licensing eligibility, use of gaming proceeds, and financial reporting. The Commission's Gaming Information for Charitable Groups (GAIN) training program, helps volunteers better understand the responsibilities and requirements of a gaming licence.

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You can read the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission's Gaming for Charities guidelines at Gaming for Charities.

Any charitable organization in other provinces that chooses to raise funds through lotteries, bingos, and casinos should contact the relevant provincial, territorial, and municipal government departments before engaging in these activities in order to obtain any necessary permissions, permits, or licences.