Fishing and Hunting Licence
Fishing Licence can now be purchased online. For more information click on: Licence Purchase
Fishing Licence Information
Ontario and Canadian residents MUST have an Outdoors Card to purchase a fishing licence.
YOU DO NOT NEED AN OUTDOORS CARD OR FISHING LICENCE TAGS IF:
- You are a Resident of Canada who is under 18 years of age or 65 years of age or older, and are in possession of your Birth Certificate.
- You are a Disabled Canadian resident and you are either eligible for, or in possession of either a Canadian National Institute for the Blind National Identity Card; OR an Ontario Ministry of Transportation disabled person parking permit.
- You are a Canadian resident with intellectual, neurological or psychological impairments or developmental disabilities and are in possession of your Birth Certificate, AND, require the direct assistance of and are accompanied by another person while fishing for reasons of needing assistance with the act of fishing as defined by the Fisheries Act ; OR lacking the intellectual capacity to comprehend the regulations pertaining to fishing.
Those who qualify to fish without purchasing a fishing licence as indicated above, may fish with the same catch and possession limits as holders of a Sport Fishing Licence Tag. Additionally, you have the same responsibilities as those who have purchased an Outdoors Card and Fishing Licence tag and must abide by all regulations.
A resident of Ontario is defined as a person whose primary residence is in Ontario and who has lived in Ontario for a period of at least six months during the 12 months immediately before applying for a licence or using a licence.
CANADIAN RESIDENTS (OUTSIDE OF ONTARIO)
A resident of Canada is defined as a person whose primary residence is in Canada and who has lived in Canada for a period of at least six months during the 12 months immediately before applying for a licence or using a licence.
NON-RESIDENTS (PERSONS LIVING OUTSIDE OF CANADA)
Anyone who is not an Ontario resident or Canadian resident under the above rules is considered a non-resident and must purchase a Non-Resident Sport Fishing Licence. As of Janurary 1, 2009, Ontario will be introducing a non-resident Outdoors Card which will be required to purchase an Ontario fishing licence. Non-residents under 18 may angle without a licence if accompanied by a licensed family member. Any fish caught will legally be part of the catch and possession limit of the person who holds the licence.
Hunting Licence Information
Hunting Licence Can be purchased online, for more information on hunting in general please visit the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website
A resident of Ontario is defined as a person whose primary residence is in Ontario, and who has lived in Ontario for a period of at least six months during the previous 12 months prior to applying for a licence. To hunt in Ontario, residents must have the hunting version Ontario Outdoors Card. The hunting version Outdoors Card or Temporary Hunting version Outdoors Card is the only card that provides an Ontario resident with hunting privileges. The hunting version Outdoors Card also provides fishing privileges, once a fishing licence tag is affixed. Residents and non-residents must be 16 years of age or older to be eligible for a licence. Residents may obtain a licence at 15 years of age with written consent from both parents (one parent if not living with both parents) or a legal guardian.
THE ONTARIO OUTDOORS CARD IS NOT A LICENCE. A valid licence consists of an Outdoors Card plus the required hunting licence tags and any applicable paper hunting licenses and game seals and/or validation tags. The only exception is the Ontario resident Hunter Apprentice hunting with a licensed Mentor. The Hunter Apprentice must carry an Ontario-issued Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card. The mentor must have a Hunting Version Outdoors Card and all applicable licences and the licence must be valid for the species or group of species you are hunting. You must carry the licence and any validation tags with you while hunting (and fishing).
Non-residents of Ontario must present one of the following to obtain a non-resident licence to hunt in Ontario.
- An Ontario non-resident's hunting licence issued to you after January 1, 1968; or,
- A hunting licence issued to you by a competent authority in any jurisdiction as a resident of that jurisdiction after January 1, 1968; or,
- An Ontario Hunting Licence Examination Certificate issued to you after January 1, 1968; or
- An Ontario Hunting Licence Verification Certificate showing that you were issued an Ontario licence to hunt, or passed the Hunting Licence Examination; or,
- A certificate, issued to you after January 1, 1968, by a competent authority in any jurisdiction, giving you permission to purchase a resident's hunting licence in that jurisdiction.
Can't find what you're looking for here?
Fishing questions can be directed to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources general inquiry telephone line at 1-800-667-1940.
For more information on how and where to apply for an Ontario Outdoors Card, call 1-800-387-7011 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00pm (EST)
For more information go to www.outdoorscard.mnr.gov.on.ca