Ontario Hunter Education ProgramWhat to do after taking the course
You have successfully completed Ontario’s Hunter Education Program
What Do I Do Next?
- To purchase your first hunting licence in Ontario your hunter accreditation must be on file with the Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service. You, or someone you trust, must take your yellow copy of the “Hunter Education Examination Report” form to a participating ServiceOntario location to purchase an Outdoors Card and purchase hunting licences. A list of ServiceOntario locations that can provided these services can be found online at www.ontario.ca/page/serviceontario-locations-hours-and-contact
- An Ontario resident between ages 12-14 who has successfully passed the hunter education course exam can hunt as an apprentice hunter when they buy an Outdoors Card. Apprentices who hold an Outdoors Card may purchase select hunting licences and tags that are not obtained through a draw, which will allow for them to hunt with their own bag limit. Apprentice hunters who do not purchase their own licences or tags must share the bag limits of their mentor.
- ServiceOntario will only accept the yellow copy of the Hunter Education Examination Report form when obtaining your Outdoors Card. If you lose your yellow copy of the Hunter Education Examination Report form, you can contact the Natural Resources Information and Support Centre by email at NRISC@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).
- The Firearms Act (Canada) sets out the requirements for firearm possession. Hunters should be aware of these requirements if hunting with a gun in Ontario. To hunt with a gun in Ontario, you are required to carry proof of your firearms accreditation under the Firearms Act (Canada). This includes apprentice hunters (12-14 year old residents) who cannot yet obtain a firearms licence. In this case, they must carry proof of completing the Canadian Firearms Safety Course. All hunters including 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.
Canadian Firearms Safety Course and/or the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course.What to do after taking the course
What Do I Do Next?
- Your student report forms 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 one month from the date of your course(s) and/or test(s) to receive your stamped copies back from the FSESO.
- Once you’ve received your two copies of the course report forms, you can:
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 tests, it will take approximately 2-3 months before you actually have your PAL in hand.
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.
All Minor’s Licence applications and their processing is done through the Chief Firearms Office of Ontario. Questions regarding Minor’s Licencing may be directed to 1-800-731-4000 ext. 7548.