Ontario is Making it Easier for People in Vaughan-Woodbridge to Support Charities Province WidePublished on January 18, 2019
New Online Raffle Options Increase Fundraising Opportunities for Licensed Charities
Vaughan-Woodbridge -To make life easier for charities and their supporters, Ontario’s Government for the People is providing more options to fundraise through online raffles.
Today, Michael Tibollo MPP Vaughan-Woodbridge announced changes that give charities more flexibility when holding raffles.
Administered by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), these changes will allow Ontarians to support charities through a wider variety of online and in-person electronic raffles, including 50/50 draws and Catch the Ace. People of legal age in Ontario will also be able to purchase raffle tickets during a game or event, even if they are not there in person. Additionally, AGCO licensed charities will be able to pick winners and award prizes electronically through online platforms.
“Our government is making life easier for charities and people who support them,” said Attorney General Caroline Mulroney. “We are proud to work with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario as they support new technologies for raffles that modernize charitable fundraising opportunities.”
“These changes will provide more opportunities for charity fundraising and offer greater convenience for those in Vaughan-Woodbridge while ensuring that raffles continue to be conducted safely, securely, and with integrity across Ontario. “ said MPP Michael Tibollo
The first phase of the electronic raffles was launched in 2017 by the AGCO and increased fundraising opportunities for charities while streamlining the administration of raffles. Phase two came into effect in December 2018 and provides charities with greater flexibility for running raffles. To date, 2,000 electronic raffles have been held across Ontario through phase one of the initiative.
Through the AGCO, charities are able to apply for a licence to sell electronic raffle tickets, select winners and distribute prizes electronically, including online.
Learn more about online raffles