Jun 25, 2015 - Computerized Ticket Raffles - Federal Criminal Code Amendment Consultation for Class A & B Licensees

On December 16, 2014 amendments to section 207(1)(b) of the federal Criminal Code of Canada came into force that allow British Columbia to establish licensing terms and conditions for charities that operate Class A or B raffles to sell tickets on-line through the Internet, use a computer to generate a winning ticket number, and/or distribute prizes through the Internet. The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) is currently working to determine how best to implement the federal Criminal Code change in our province, and as part of that work, GPEB invited all charities that operate registered raffles to participate in an interview and all charities that operate a Class A or B raffle to participate in an online survey.

GPEB would like to thank all organizations that participated in the interview and survey consultation. The information you provided to us is valuable and is being taken into consideration in the development of policies, procedures and standards to govern computerized raffles in the province. GPEB is currently analysing the results of the consultation process and will post that information on our website when it is available.

If you have any questions about the consultation process or the impact of the federal Criminal Code amendment in B.C., please send an email to Gaming.Branch@gov.bc.ca. Please note that to date there have not been any changes to the terms and conditions of licensed raffle events, and computers may only be used as described in GPEB's Standard Procedures for Ticket Raffles (PDF).