You can apply for a raffle at your social when you apply for your liquor permit, simply by checking off the box on the application that states you plan to hold a raffle at your event. The approved liquor permit will note that there will be a fundraising raffle at the event. The permit holder (i.e. the person applying, whether it is you or someone else) must comply with terms and conditions listed on the back of the permit, including those related to holding a raffle.
If you are not applying for a liquor permit, you can apply for a raffle at your social simply by completing and submitting the raffle licence application.
You can apply for a liquor permit:
You can apply for a raffle licence:
You will be assigned an application number once you submit your application. Once you’ve applied, you can visit MyLGA.ca to view the status of your application.
We will send you an email once your application has been processed. Please contact us if your event is within a few days and you haven’t heard from us.
Federal law in Canada is specific about how and where gambling activities can take place. For individuals and groups that are not bona fide charitable or religious organizations, raffles are only licensed for one-time social events and must be held in certain types of locations that are leased for the purpose of holding the event.
The law calls these locations “public places of amusement”. In Manitoba, this is defined as a place that is leased or used for the event and for which an admission fee is typically charged, such as a theatre, community hall, church, hockey rink or school. Banquet halls, hotels or restaurants are other examples of locations that would be considered eligible locations. Private residences or businesses (e.g. stores or offices) are not eligible locations.
You need a no-sale permit if you’re going to be serving liquor to your guests at no cost. Types of events may include business meetings, an official opening of a business, a family gathering following a religious ceremony, birthday celebrations, bridal showers or weddings.
You need a sale permit if you’re going to be selling liquor to guests. Sale permits can be issued to individuals, organizations, or corporations (profit and non-profit). Types of events may include socials, weddings with cash bars, festivals or fundraisers.
You can apply for a liquor permit for special projects to raise money for educational, charitable, religious or community activities. Examples may include:
We recognize that sports teams and other community groups hold fundraising raffles as part of social events. You can apply for a social occasion raffle licence if you are holding a fundraising raffle at a one-time social event.
If you intend to hold a series of events over a period of time, such as a percentage payout raffle (often called a 50/50) draw at all home games or at a tournament, you need to apply for a community raffle licence as a charitable organization. For more information, click here.
Section 207(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (Canada) allows charitable and religious organizations to conduct gambling activities such as raffles. A couple getting married is not considered a charitable organization, nor are neighbours raising money to help a family who has lost their home in a fire, despite their well meaning intent. Neither of these examples is eligible to be licensed to hold raffles under this section of the Criminal Code (Canada).
Fundraising raffles have always been a part of the Manitoba social and we wanted to find a solution to ensure that these raffles are legal and regulated. It is now lawful to hold fundraising raffles, but we license these under a different section, 207(1)(d), of the Criminal Code (Canada), which allows fundraising raffles to be held in public places of amusement at a one-time event.
You can have a liquor permit event on any day of the year starting as early as 9:00 a.m., except for Remembrance Day. Other than veterans’ events, events held on Remembrance Day cannot begin until 1:00 p.m.
Liquor service hours are noted on your permit. No permit event can go later than 2:00 a.m. At the time your permit expires, liquor can be consumed, but not sold or served, for an additional 60 minutes. After 60 minutes has passed, all unconsumed liquor must be removed from attendees including any liquor remaining on tables.
Some venues have time restrictions that require events to end earlier, so be sure to double-check with your venue on closing times.
We do not set a limit on the amount of liquor you can buy for your event. However, you may want to check with your venue to see if they have any restrictions. Staff at Liquor Marts, liquor vendors, specialty wine stores, beer vendors and manufacturers with a retail endorsement can help you to decide how much beer, wine or hard liquor to buy based on your guests’ preferences and responsible service guidelines.
“Please drink responsibly” should always be your message to your guests when serving liquor.
The minimum drink price you can charge is $2.25 a drink. You can set the selling price for liquor at your event at any price you want, as long as the price isn’t less than $2.25 per 28.4 ml (1 oz.) of hard liquor, 142 ml (5 oz.) of wine or 341 ml (12 oz.) of beer or coolers.
If you’re allowing bartenders to serve doubles (i.e. 2 oz. of hard liquor) at your event, the selling price must be directly proportioned to the minimum selling price. For example, if one drink is $2.25, you have to charge at least $4.50 for a double. $4.50 is the minimum price you can charge for a double.
Taking out a liquor permit is a big responsibility. Liquor permit holders are required to follow all of the rules in the terms and conditions. You must read and accept all of these terms and conditions before you can submit your liquor permit application.
Here are a few highlights to keep in mind as a liquor permit holder:
You can only advertise an organization or community event. Any ads must contain a social responsibility message, such as “Please Drink Responsibly”, and must comply with the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards.
Personal liquor permit events, such as wedding socials, cannot be advertised publicly. However, you can still invite friends over Facebook or email, as long as the event isn’t advertised to the general public.
Taking out a liquor permit is a big responsibility. Liquor permit holders are required to follow all of the rules in the terms and conditions, but there are additional things you can do to increase safety at your event.
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