Gambling & Fundraising
All gambling in B.C. is regulated, including the operations of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. British Columbians may participate in gambling activities such as lotteries, horse racing, slot machines and casino games, and licensed fundraising events like 50/50 draws. Non-profit organizations may be eligible for funding through community gaming grants.
Buying lottery tickets, playing casino games, online gambling, and betting on horse races are just a few of the types of gambling that adults can choose from in B.C. Learn about types of gambling and other topics like responsible gambling, player safety, how revenues support the citizens of B.C., and more.
Government gaming grants allow eligible organizations to apply for gambling revenues to support a broad range of programs and services. Find out about types of grants, eligibility requirements and how to apply.
Gambling event licences allow eligible organizations to fundraise by holding a single gambling event or a series of events. Gambling events include raffles, bingos, poker, social occasion casinos, and wheels of fortune. Find out about eligibility requirements and how to apply.
- Class A Gambling Event Licence (More than $20,000 in Gross Revenue per Licence)
- Class B Gambling Event Licence ($20,000 or Less in Gross Revenue per Licence)
- Class C Gambling Event Licence (Fairs & Exhibitions)
- Class D Gambling Event Licence ($5,000 or Less in Gross Revenue per Licence)
- Documents & Forms
- Questions & Contact Information
Horse racing occurs at a number of locations around the province. Government directs, controls, and regulates the British Columbia horse racing industry and licenses its participants.
Most British Columbians who gamble do so for entertainment and participate responsibly, however, research shows that a small percentage of players may develop problems related to excessive gambling.
Gambling industry workers, service providers, and supplies must be registered or certified by the Province of B.C. This helps to ensure the integrity and safety of gambling in the province.