New ticket guidelines for community groups

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HALIFAX – Community groups planning to host 50-50 draws as fundraisers must now apply for permits.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey said new guidelines for community groups are in place 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 Furey, in a news release. "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," the minister said. "We will work with these organizations to make sure their fundraising activities are open, transparent and support community benefits."

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Canada

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