Ask a CO: Is the CF1 an acceptable substitute identification card for veterans to fish free in Ontario?

by Editorial Staff | January 27, 2023
Veterans CF1 card
Photo: Canadian Military Family Magazine, 2014

Q: Military veterans must have one of the following pieces of identification to fish for free in Ontario – Canadian Forces Identification Card (NDI 20), or Canadian Armed Forces Veteran’s Service Card (NDI 75) — but many vets never received an NDI 75 when they left the services. Many, instead hold a CF1 card, issued by the Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services, which clearly identifies them, when accompanied by photo ID, as a veteran. Is the CF1 card an acceptable substitute for the NDI75?

Marc Faulkner

A: Legally, no, it is not. The CF1 card is not issued by the federal government and could be issued to people who are not veterans of the armed forces.

ANSWER BY: David Critchlow, Provincial Enforcement Specialist, MNRF

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Originally published in the Jan.-Feb. 2022 issue of Ontario OUT of DOORS. Ask a CO is also a regular feature in the print edition.

Please check the most recent Ontario hunting and fishing regulations summaries, as rules and regulations can change.

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