Government of New Brunswick


The Department is responsible for the licensing of Charitable lottery schemes in the Province of New Brunswick.


In order to qualify to receive a licence under the charitable gaming program, the organization must be a charitable organization and the proceeds of the lottery scheme must benefit a charitable object or purpose. A lottery scheme exists when a person pays for the opportunity to win a prize. If you are not sure whether or not an event is a lottery scheme that needs to be licensed, you may want to seek legal opinion.

A charitable organization is defined as an organization whose purpose or object is for:
(i) the relief of poverty,
(ii) education,
(iii) advancement of religion, or
(iv) any purpose beneficial to the community.


The Criminal Code of Canada makes gambling illegal unless it falls under certain exemptions. In the case of charitable gaming, the provinces may issue licences to charitable organizations where the proceeds benefit a charitable object or purpose.

The following games are games permitted under the charitable gaming program:
1. Raffles
2. Bingo (includes giant bingo and media bingo)
3. Charitable Texas Hold'em Tournaments
4. Monte Carlo Nights
5. Bingo Event Break Open Tickets

Charitable lottery schemes where the total value of the prizes will be under $500 may apply for a permit. Permits have no fee attached. An applicant may apply through the Gaming Control Branch Office or may go directly to a SNB office for the processing of the application.

Organizations wanting to hold a lottery schemes where the total value of the prizes are over $500 may submit their application to the Gaming Control Branch office with the applicable fees 30 days before the event.

Organizations have 30 days after the expiration of their licences to submit a financial report detailing the expenses, prizes and revenues of the lottery scheme.

Charitable lottery schemes are subject to audits by the Gaming Control Branch.

The expiry date appears on the issued licence and is determined by the requirements of the planned event.

In the case of single event, the licence expires after the event. In the case of a series of events, the licence expires after the last event of the series to a maximum of one year after the issuance of the licence.

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:


Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Lottery Licence 
  Permits for games with a prize value of $500 or less 0.001993-01-01
  Each Bingo licence with a prize value above $50025.001993-01-01
  Each Raffle licence with a prize value above $500 25.001993-01-01
  Casino/Monte Carlo per night 25.001993-01-01
  Break-open tickets 10.001993-01-01
  Fairs per night 25.001993-01-01
  Application for a Charitable Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament 25.002008-05-01
  Licence for a Charitable Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament25.002008-05-01
Bingo Suppliers 2008-05-01
  Independent Agent 50.001993-01-01
  Manufacturer 200.001993-01-01
  Distributor 200.001993-01-01
  Manufacturer/Distributor 200.001993-01-01