The Ontario Hunter Education Program has been in place for over 40 years and has graduated more than 1,000,000 new hunters since its inception. Hunter education across North America has contributed to a steady decline in hunting related incidents resulting in injury, making hunting today a safe outdoor recreational activity.

Ontario’s Hunter Education Program, administered by the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, is delivered by approximately 300 certified instructors across the province and is a minimum 12 1/2 hours long ( to a maximum of 15 1/2 hours ).

If you would like to purchase Ontario’s Hunter Education Manual please contact the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters at (705) 748-5785 or a local instructor.

Students are encouraged to take a “One-Stop” combined course (Ontario Hunter Education Course and Canadian Firearms Safety Course – minimum 20 hours). Graduates will meet provincial training requirements to obtain a hunting licence and the federal training requirements for firearms ownership.

Ontario residents applying for their first Ontario licence to hunt, and residents who cannot provide proof of having held a hunting licence after January 1, 1968, must complete Ontario’s Hunter Education Course (OHEC) and pass the examination.

Hunters who have moved to Ontario and want to get a resident hunting licence, do not need to take the Ontario Hunter Education Program if:

  1. you have lived in Ontario for at least 6 months, and,
  2. you took hunter education or have Ontario-recognized hunting credentials from your home jurisdiction
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