Fishing and Hunting Licence Fee Freeze

Ontario Cancels Scheduled 2019 Licence Fee Increase

Ontario’s Government  is making life more affordable by putting a stop to fishing and hunting licence fee increases for all Ontario residents and removing the $2 service fee.

“We’re making it easier for Ontarians to enjoy the great outdoors by keeping fishing and hunting licences affordable,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “This year, there will be no price hike and no service fee. This will put approximately $1.6 million back into the pockets of the hard-working people of Ontario.”

In addition to freezing fees, the government is adding two new licence-free fishing events in 2019 on the weekends of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Families will be able to enjoy fishing at no cost, making it easier to spend time together. 

“Recreational fishing is a $2.2 billion industry in Ontario,” said Minister Yakabuski. “People come from all over the world to experience what this beautiful province has to offer, including fishing in our many lakes, rivers and streams, and we are helping the people of this province and their families do the same.”

They have also updated hunting regulations to make things better for hunters across the province. These changes include a new Licence Summary that can be stored on a mobile device or printed at home, paper tags that replace the old game seals and enhanced hunter reporting.

“The hunting industry contributes nearly half a billion dollars to the Ontario economy,” said Minister Yakabuski. “Our hunters are some of the best stewards of our lands and waters and we want to make it easier for them to enjoy our world-class natural resources.”

For more information on fishing in Ontario, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/fishing and for more information on hunting in Ontario, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/hunting.

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