New ticket lottery guidelines will support community and encourage active living.
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey announced today, Nov. 29, the guidelines for community groups that define community benefit and clarify the qualifying conditions for non-charitable organizations.
“We want people to be active and taking part in activities in their communities, and fundraising through 50-50 draws is a large part of that,” said Mr. Furey. “Government believes active living is an important community benefit, be it bowling, curling or golf, and one that deserves our support.”
Community groups must apply for a permit since they are ticket lotteries under the Criminal Code of Canada. The department will consider applications from community benefit organizations when: — tickets will be sold to organization members
— tickets will be sold at the venue where the draws will take place
— prize value is less than $500 per draw and the ticket price is not more than $2.
— funds will be used for operational expenses.
— other than the prize, proceeds are not used for personal gain
“We are making the criteria for getting a permit as clear and user-friendly as possible, while ensuring the appropriate level of accountability,” Mr. Furey said. “We will work with these organizations to make sure their fundraising activities are open, transparent and support community benefits.”
The bowling community asked the department to review the guidelines.
“I am impressed with the swiftness of action taken to ensure these leagues can continue their fundraising to support their members and active lifestyles,” said Art MacMillan, managing partner of Bowlarama. “We raised the issue the leagues were facing with the department and the response was immediate. This was a huge issue in the community and for many, many groups who rely on 50-50 draws, not just the bowling community. They listened, they understood and here we are today celebrating a resolution together.”