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Charitable Gaming Review

In early 2019, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) sent an online survey to more than 6,700 licensed charitable organizations to request feedback about charitable gaming in Alberta. Over 3,800 organizations responded – a 57 per cent response rate. You can visit aglc.ca/charitablegaming/surveyresults for a summary of the survey results.

The main issues charitable organizations identified in the survey were:

  • Wait times and distribution of proceeds from charitable casino events
  • Use of proceeds earned through the conduct of licensed charitable gaming events – casino, raffle, bingo and pull ticket
  • Volunteer requirements (charitable casino events)
  • Eligibility of charitable organizations for gaming licensing

Since the survey, AGLC has continued to review the charitable gaming model to look for opportunities to modernize to ensure the model is meeting the needs of Albertans.

AGLC will explore these issues further to develop and amend policies based on additional feedback from charitable organizations like yours.

To advance this work and obtain more specific information, focus groups will be held with volunteer organizations, casino operators, casino advisors and municipal government associations between February and April 30, 2021.

Charities and Albertans are also invited to share their thoughts on the charitable gaming model by email at yoursay@aglc.ca by April 30, 2021.

AGLC is committed to maintaining and maximizing charitable gaming proceeds to support eligible charitable programs and services.

Please continue to visit aglc.ca/charitable-gaming to receive the most up-to-date information on charitable gaming in Alberta.

Information on the Charitable Gaming Review

The Charitable Gaming Review document was provided to the working group members participating in the Charitable Gaming Review. It includes information on:

  • The purpose and objectives of the review.
  • The terms of reference for the working group that will be participating in the consultation.
  • Historical overview of Alberta’s charitable gaming model, including how charitable gaming started and evolved.
  • Alberta’s current Charitable Gaming Model, including an overview of the current model (casinos, bingo, raffles, etc.), eligibility, distribution of proceeds, wait times, use of proceeds and volunteer requirements.
  • Overview of previous consultations.
  • A report on what we've heard, containing a summary of stakeholders concerns with the current model and ideas on possible changes.