Ontario is Making it Easier For People in Oakville and Burlington to Support Local Charities

January 21, 2019

OAKVILLE NORTH-BURLINGTON – Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP announced today that Ontario’s Government for the People is providing more options for charities to fundraise through online 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.

These changes will provide more opportunities for charity fundraising and offer greater convenience for Ontarians while ensuring that raffles continue to be conducted safely, securely, and with integrity.

Quote from Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP

“By providing more options for charities to fundraise through online raffles, the government is making it easier for charities in Oakville North-Burlington and across Ontario to raise money for worthy causes. I am glad that our government is increasing options for charities and people who support them.”

Quick Facts

  • 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.