Hunter Education Courses and Examinations
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 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 H1 class 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.
To obtain hunting accreditation, a new Ontario resident, who can provide proof of resident hunting licence accreditation from any jurisdiction, may attempt the OHEC examination without taking the course. If unsuccessful, the course must be taken before attempting the exam again.