Fishing Licence


What is needed to Fish in Ontario?

How to purchase an Outdoors Card and Fishing Licence?

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. Visit to purchase your Outdoors Card and Fishing Licence today! 

The temporary licence and outdoors card is issued in PDF format and need to be printed and carried with you. The PDF copy can be saved for later retrival. The temporary Outdoors Card and paper fishing licence 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).

2. Service Ontario:

You can purchase your Outdoors Card, Hunting and Fishing Licences in person at any participating Service Ontario location. You can also purchase the Outdoors Card online through Service Ontario.

3. Licence Issuers:

There are over 700 licence issuers across Ontario. You may purchase your Outdoors Card, fishing and hunting licences, tags, etc. through these licence issuers. *Services vary by issuer. Click here to find a licence issuer near you

4. By Phone: 

Ontario residents are able to purchase an Outdoors Card and licence tag(s) by phone at 1-800-288-1155. If you renew by phone, your Outdoors Card and licence tag(s) will arrive by mail in approximately 20 days. You cannot hunt or fish until your plastic card arrives.


Outdoors Card

Ontario residents, Canadian residents and non-residents need an Outdoors Card and fishing licence to fish in Ontario.

To purchase a new Outdoors Card, hunting and fishing licensing products, visit Hunt and Fish Ontario, participating Service Ontario locations, or one of over 700 licence issuers across the province.

Both residents and non-residents may use this new licensing system to obtain their Outdoors Card and licences to hunt and fish in Ontario.

The information you will need to purchase the Outdoors Card include your first and last name, date of birth, mailing and residential address, heights and eye colour.

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 fishing licence. However, you will need to carry Government-issued identification with your name and date of birth. 

You must follow catch and possession limits for sport fishing

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


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