CONGRATULATIONS!
You have successfully completed Ontario’s Hunter Education Program

What Do I Do Next?

  1. In order to become a fully accredited hunter in Ontario you or someone you trust must take your yellow copy of the “Hunter Education Examination Report” form to select ServiceOntario centres to obtain your hunting version of Ontario’s Outdoors Card or Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card and purchase hunting licences. A list of ServiceOntario centres that can help can be found online at ontario.ca/outdoorscard
  2. If you are under the age of 16 you will also need to provide a consent form signed by both parents if you reside with both parents, or by one parent or guardian (if you reside with only one) before you can obtain a hunting version Outdoors Card, hunting licence or Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card. You can find a copy of the consent form online at ontario.ca/hunting
  3. An Ontario resident who has successfully passed the hunter education course exam can obtain a Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card. To hunt with a gun, apprentices must also successfully complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) exam. A Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card can be obtained free of charge at select ServiceOntario centres. Apprentices must adhere to the conditions outlined in Ontario’s Hunting Regulations Summary which you should have received from your instructor. A copy of the summary can also be found online at ontario.ca/hunting or from select licence issuers.
  4. ServiceOntario will only accept the yellow copy of the Hunter Education Examination Report form when obtaining your hunting version of Ontario’s Outdoors Card or Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card. If you lose your yellow copy of the Hunter Education Examination Report form, you can contact the Outdoors Card Centre by email at outdoorscard.mnrf@ontario.ca or call 1-800-387-7011 (TTY: 1-866-686-6072). Support is available Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm (ET).

What Do I Do Next?

  1. Your student Course Reports – Information Sheet will be sent to the Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario (FSESO) for validation. The forms will be stamped with an approved Chief Firearms Office (CFO) stamp, and two copies will be returned to you for your records. If you have also taken the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course, you will receive separate Course Report forms (two copies) for this course/test. It takes approximately four to six weeks from the date of your course(s) and/or test(s) to receive your stamped copies back from the FSESO.
  2. Once you’ve received your two copies of the Course Report forms, you can:
    1. IF YOU ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, download a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) Application form from the RCMP, Canada Firearms Program website at www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/. Once you enter the site, under Forms, click on Individual Licencing, which will give you several application options. The form you want to download is the CAFC 921E form. This is the application for a Possession and Acquisition Licence. All the instructions are included with this application, i.e. photo identification requirements, fees to be remitted, where to send the application etc. Complete the application in its entirety. Be sure to check all boxes, including the not-applicable boxes. Anything overlooked or not checked may hold your application up for an extended period of time.Section G of the PAL application refers to Safety Training. It asks if you have passed the Canadian Firearm Safety Course test. Complete this section accordingly, and include ONE copy of your Course Report form pertaining to the Canadian Firearms Safety Course, and check off the Proof Attached box. Retain copy TWO of your Course Report form for your records.Subsequently, if you have also successfully completed the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course test, complete this section as well, and include ONE copy of your Course Report form pertaining to the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course, and check off the Proof Attached box. Retain copy TWO of your Course Report form for your records. Once the application is complete, mail your application and all attachments to the Miramichi N.B. address indicated on the application, for processing.PLEASE NOTE, THAT THE FIREARMS ACT OF CANADA MANDATES A MANDATORY 28 DAY WAITING PERIOD FOR ALL NEW APPLICANTS. It would therefore be realistic to speculate that from the time you successfully complete your CFSC and/or CRFSC courses and/or tests, it will take approximately 2-3 months before you actually have your PAL in hand.
    2. IF YOU ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 AND 18, and you wish to apply for a Minor’s Licence, please call 1-800-731-4000 ext. 7548 to obtain a Minor’s Licence application. Any questions regarding Minor’s Licencing may be directed to this number.PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU’RE A MINOR BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 AND 15 YOU MAY APPLY FOR A MINORS LICENCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TARGET SHOOTING ONLY. AT THE AGE OF 15 YOU MAY APPLY FOR A MINOR’S LICENCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TARGET SHOOTING AND/OR HUNTING. 
    3. Note: If you have misplaced or lost your copies of the Course Report form call 1-800-731-4000 ext. 7537 or visit our web site at www.FSESO.org.