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March 2, 2023

Manitoba Government Reduces Charitable Raffle Licence Fees

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Lower Fees will help Manitoba Charitable Sector: Goertzen

The Manitoba government is introducing regulatory changes to the Licensing and Appeals Regulation that will allow the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA) to restructure its licence fee model for charitable raffles, Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“Manitobans are the most charitable people in all of Canada,” said Goertzen. “Lowering raffle fees will ensure that more of Manitobans generosity will go to the charities and causes they are choosing to support.”

Under the new model, the fee for major raffles – with anticipated gross revenues over $10,000 – will be reduced to one per cent from 1.5 per cent of the actual gross revenue, calculated and due after the event. The change represents a 33 per cent fee reduction for raffle licensees, noted Goertzen.

“We’re so grateful for community champions who choose to use raffles to help raise funds for sick and injured children,” says Stefano Grande, president and CEO, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. “We welcome the news of a reduction in raffle licence fees because it will help fundraisers be even more successful in supporting families in hospital.”

Charitable raffles with anticipated gross revenues between $2,000 and $10,000 will pay a nominal licence fee, while charitable raffles with anticipated gross revenues under $2,000 – which typically operate for recreational purposes rather than fundraising – will continue to be eligible for a free licence.

“It is important for public agencies like the LGCA to continually review our fee structures to ensure they are appropriate and not an impediment for our regulated industries. This amendment is a positive step in supporting Manitoba charities and their hard work in our communities,” said Kristianne Dechant, executive director and CEO, LGCA.

The minister noted regulatory changes related to charitable raffle fees were introduced alongside Manitoba government measures to modernize liquor service in the province.

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