Ontario Fishing License

August 28, 2020

A non-Canadian resident is a person who is neither an Ontario resident nor a Canadian resident.

Before you start

If you are 18 years and older

You will need a valid license before you can start fishing. This license includes two parts:

  1. an Outdoors Card (a plastic ID card, valid for three calendar years)
  2. a fishing license (valid for either one or three calendar years)

A fishing license can be for either:

  • conservation (reduced catch limits)
  • sport (normal catch limits)

If you are under 18 years old

If you are accompanied by a person with a valid Outdoors Card and fishing license, you do not need a valid Outdoors Card or fishing license. You must carry government-issued identification with you — that includes your name and date of birth — at all times while fishing.

Any fish you keep are part of the catch and possession limit of the person holding the license. To gain your own limits, you will need your own Outdoors Card and license.

Fishing for one day only, if you are 18 years or older:

If you plan to fish for a single day only, you do not need an Outdoors Card—but you will need a one-day sport fishing license.

Fishing for eight days, if you are 18 years or older:

You can buy an eight-day fishing license online. This can be saved in a digital format (for example, on your smartphone), printed from home, or printed through a participating ServiceOntario or license issuer location.

Where to purchase

You must buy an Outdoors Card before you can buy a fishing license. However, you can buy a one-day sport fishing license without an Outdoors Card.

When you buy or renew your Outdoors Card, you will get a plastic card mailed to you. The Outdoors Card will have your fishing license printed on the back.

Until you receive your plastic card in the mail, you can use the License Summary given to you at the time of purchase to immediately go fishing.

What you’ll need

  • first and last name
  • date of birth
  • mailing and residential address (including postal code)
  • height and eye colour

Buy now

To buy online, you will need to:

  • pay with Visa or Mastercard
  • save your License Summary in a digital format (for example, on your smartphone) or print it at home

To buy in person:

To pay by phone:

2020 fishing license fees for non-Canadian residents

All products with a fee are subject to HST.

Outdoors Card $8.57
3-year sport fishing licence $240.57
3-year conservation fishing licence $152.13
1-year sport fishing licence $80.19
1-year conservation fishing licence $50.71
1-day sport fishing licence (you do not need an Outdoors Card)
Valid for 1 calendar day starting at 12:00 midnight
8-day sport fishing licence $52.38
8-day conservation fishing licence $30.52

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