Charitable gaming is any form of legal gaming, licensed or approved by the government, for the purpose of raising funds for charitable purposes. Charitable gaming in Ontario includes Bingo, Big Link Bingo, Super Jackpots, Monster Bingo, Break Open Tickets, raffles, and draws.
The important distinguishing feature of charitable gaming, apart from its government authorization, is the fact that funds are raised locally by charitable and non-profit organizations and used locally by these organizations to support their communities.
Under the Criminal Code of Canada, provincial governments have the authority to allow gaming for charitable purposes. In Ontario, this activity is licensed and regulated under the auspices of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has delegated much of its day-to-day responsibilities to the municipal level of government. As a result, the bulk of charitable gaming activity in Ontario is regulated locally through municipalities.
Introduced in March 1997, SuperStar Bingo is a once-nightly electronic link-up of 185 bingo halls in the province for one cross-Ontario game. There are several different ways to win:
- a single minimum provincial nightly grand prize of $25,000 or higher, based on the number of players and spending on any given night;
- consolation prizes offered nightly in each participating bingo hall; and
- a progressive style jackpot with a guaranteed minimum prize of $50,000 but that increases nightly until it is won – with single prizes as high as $640,000.
Joining the PBCAA
PBCAA is the non-government, provincial association advocating for the interests of charities and non-profit organizations that raise charitable funds through bingo and other forms of charitable gaming in Ontario. The PBCAA’s members are the province’s 6,200 charities and non-profit organizations that participate in licensed bingo, SuperJackpots, Break Open Tickets, and other charitable gaming activities. These individual charities include large and small charities and non-profit organizations — local service clubs, hospitals, social service agencies, cultural organizations, and sports and recreation organizations.
For charities and non-profit organizations that wish to participate in SuperStar Bingo, membership in the PBCAA is coordinated through your local Hall Charity Association. Charity and non-profit organization members involved in SuperStar Bingo must be members of a local bingo Hall Charity Association.
For individual organizations that are not participating in SuperStar Bingo and/or that are not members of a bingo Hall Charity Association, membership applications are processed directly by the PBCAA head office.
Membership is free, for each individual charity or non-profit organization. Please note, PBCAA does not receive grants from the Trillium Foundation or government. Our revenues are solely derived from membership fees and fees, on behalf of members, for overseeing the distribution of SuperStar revenues for those members.
If your organization is not currently active in fundraising through charitable gaming but you would like to have access to our publications, please send your request.