A comprehensive review of the Bingo Licensee Terms & Conditions for Charities policy, now renamed as the Community Bingo Terms & Conditions, was conducted to clarify and modernize policy, and provide more flexibility for charities that conduct community bingo events.
Policy was amended to accomplish the following objectives:
Create more flexibility for charities:
Remove the 65 per cent prize value limit and the prize payout limit, and replace these with a profitability statement.
Removing the bingo event limit for licensed charities to hold one special event a month and a special anniversary program to coincide with its new license period.
Accommodate the sale and consumption of liquor during community bingo events.
Increase the value of promotional items from $25 to $50.
Expand acceptable forms of payment at community bingo events.
Reduce financial reporting requirements for community bingos that generate $20,000 and less in annual gross bingo revenue.
Expand paid positions to include bingo coordinator for larger bingos.
Modernize and clarify community bingo policy:
Remove association bingo policy to provide charities with relevant information to conduct community bingo events.
Provide more information on application requirements for community bingo, and specifically for media bingo.
Define allowable expenses.
Ensure charities with small bingo programs under $20,000 in annual gross bingo revenue are not required to purchase bingo equipment or paper from a registered gaming supplier.
Include a set of guidelines to maintain a financial/inventory and cash management control systems for revenue and expenses.
Aligning the process to confirm and present winners with the progressive jackpot.
Included policy for seeding bingo prizes for regular and special games.