How to find a license issuer?
For Canadian residents
You require an Outdoors card along with a fishing license tag.
For a situation where you plan to go fishing only for a day, the card is not required. In its stead, you will require a One-day sport fishing license.
If you fall between 18 years of age and 65 or older, you are exempt from needing the card or fishing license. Instead, you are required to carry your government identification proof at all times.
If you are either below 18 years of age or above 65 years of age, you will need the card and a fishing license.
Apart from this, if you wish to go only for a day you can get a one-day sport fishing license. The card is not needed in this scenario. Else, you need to buy a card prior to getting a fishing license or together with it.
For non-Canadian residents
If you belong to the age category of 18 and above, you will need the card and a fishing license.
If you belong to the age category of less than 18, you will require identity proof issued by the government.
Similarly, if you wish to go fishing for a single day, you will need a one-day sport fishing license.
It is also possible to get an eight-day fishing license online.
Non-Canadian residents over the age of 65 years are not exempt from carrying their card and fishing license.
2. Veterans or active members of the Canadian Armed Forces are don’t have to carry a license. It is in the honor of their service provided. However, they are required to carry one of the following documents instead:
- Canadian Forces Identification Card (NDI 20)
- Record of Service Card (NDI 75)
- Canadian Armed Forces Veteran’s Service Card (NDI 75)
Keep in mind that you are required to carry both your card and fishing license while going fishing.
3. First Nations or indigenous people fishing within their traditional territory, or disabled Canadian residents do not require a fishing license in Ontario.
4. An Outdoors card is valid for up to one or three calendar years. An Ontario fishing license is valid for either one calendar year or three calendar years.
After applying for a card, it is usually delivered within a time frame of 20 days. In case of any issues related to it, you can call one of the following: 1-800-387-7011 or 1-800-667-1940.
5. The Ontario fishing license is available to all in two types:
- Sport license – It permits full catch and possession fishing privileges.
- Conservation license – It permits limited permission to catch and possessing fishing privileges.
- For convenience, it is possible to acquire your card and fishing license online.
- If you wish to get your license physically, make sure to ask your lodge or outfitters if they sell fishing licenses or not.
- You can also find various bait and tackle shops around the region that sell fishing licenses. Make sure to ask around.
6. In case you wish to update the details on your card or renew your card, you can do one of the following:
- call the toll free number 1-800-387-7011
- renew your card from license issuers
- through any of the participating ServiceOntario locations
7. Any of the documents mentioned below could be an alternative to a Recreational fishing license:
i) A national identity card – issued by the Canadian National Institute for Blind (CNIB).
ii) Issued under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act – an accessible parking permit.
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