Fishing Licence

What is needed to Fish in Ontario?

(The tag is either attached to the card or the paper copy is carried along with the card.)

How to purchase an outdoor card and Fishing licence tag?

There are 4 options available.

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources online

1. Online Purchase – This method of purchasing your licence is simple, convenient and quick. It can be done anywhere from a computer that has internet connection, hooked up to a printer and have Acrobat Reader software. The temporary licence and outdoor card is issued in PDF and need to be printed and carried with you. The PDF copy can be saved for later retrival.

The temporary Outdoors Card and paper licence tag are effective immediately.  Your plastic Outdoors Card will be mailed to you automatically, and is valid for three calendar years (including the year of purchase).

Buy in person

2. Service Canada Centre

3. Year round private distributors

4. Seasonal private distributor

The fastest way to renew

If you already have an outdoors card and it will soon expire, or has already expired, the fastest and easiest way to renew your Outdoors Card is a three year renewal by credit card with a call to 1-800-288-1155 or online at the Outdoors Card website. 

Outdoors Card

Ontario residents, Canadian residents and non Canadian residents need an outdoor card to fish in Ontario.

Exemptions:  Ontario residents and Canadian residents who are younger than eighteen years (18 yrs) or have reached sixty five years (65 yrs) are exempt from carrying an outdoors card and no fishing licence tag will be required. You will need to carry your Government-issued identification with your name and date of birth. 

You must follow catch and possession limits for sport fishing

Non Canadian residents who are younger than 18 years do not need an outdoors card. However non Canadian residents who are 65 years old are NOT exempt and must carry an outdoors card.


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