Ask a CO: Outdoors cards for seniors over 65?

by Editorial Staff | August 26, 2020
a person pulls out an old hunting licence from their wallet

Q: I’m a senior and don’t need a fishing licence. My Outdoors Card does not expire until December 31, 2019. Do I need to carry a licence summary with me when I am fishing?

-Garry Shaver, Amherstview

Other documents may qualify

A: Some Ontario and Canadian residents qualify to use other documents instead of purchasing and carrying an Outdoors Card and recreational fishing licence. If you are over the age of 65, you may engage in fishing provided you carry a licence, permit, certificate, or identification card issued by a federal, provincial or territorial government of Canada that indicates your name and date of birth. Catch and possession limits for a sport fishing licence apply in these situations.

If you opt to use your Outdoors Card and a valid recreational fishing licence that you have purchased, you must carry the Outdoors Card with you while fishing, and if the Outdoors Card does not have a box on the back indicating a valid 1-year or 3-year recreational fishing licence, you must also carry the licence summary that lists your valid fishing licence.

Brenda Koenig (Provincial Enforcement Specialist, MNRF)

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Originally published in the August 2019 issue of Ontario OUT of DOORS magazine. Ask a CO is also a regular feature in the print edition.

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  1. Dave S Gibson wrote: re the 65 and over age group not requiring a fishing license .... is then statement made in a recent response correct ?, in that "sport" limits apply to seniors ..... it was my understanding that "conservation" limits (a lower #) apply when a license is not required . Can you please confirm this fact. Thanks Dave Gibson
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Good Morning, Dave, anglers over 65 who do not require an outdoors card or fishing licence may observe the sports slot limits.
  2. Gordon Eakley wrote: I had a small game license in the seventies can I use that as a record for renewal, or do I have to retake the course?
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Thank you for your question. We’ll discuss the question and if it is not one that has been asked in recent memory, we’ll pass it along to the MNRF for a response. Can you please let us know where you are located in case we use your question?
  3. Tim Barlett wrote: Sir / Madam, Is it possible to buy an Ontario Outdoors Card / Sport Fishing Lic as a gift for another person? Thanks in advance. Tim Barlett St Catharines ON
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Tim, from https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-outdoors-card: The following information is required to buy, renew or replace an Outdoors Card: legal first, middle and last name date of birth mailing and/or residential address height and eye colour parental consent (for resident hunters 12 to 14 years old) Attaching a fishing licence is trickier, as it involves the individual's personal fish and wildlife file (shown here: https://www.huntandfishontario.com/Account/Login) Perhaps best to transfer the funds to the recipient and have them set it up themselves.
  4. Ermand McLain wrote: I just turned 65 Nov 18th (1955) Do I need to carry anything except my drivers permit or any other ID? In Canada
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Ermand, https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing-licence-canadian-residents states: "If you are under 18 years old or 65 and older You do not need to purchase an Outdoors Card or licence to fish. You will need to carry your government-issued identification with you, that includes your name and date of birth, at all times while fishing. Your identification acts as your licence to fish, if you belong to one of these age ranges." So your driver's permit will do just fine.
  5. Glen Hossack wrote: I am over 65. Do I need to buy outdoors card/fishing license?
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Glen, from https://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary/recreational-fishing-licence-information: "The persons described below can carry a licence, permit, certificate or identification card issued by a federal, provincial or territorial government of Canada that indicates their name and date of birth and use it as a fishing licence. Ontario and Canadian residents who are under 18 or 65 years of age or older." So as long as you have some sort of government-issued identification on your person, you do not need an outdoors card or fishing licence.
  6. John Gorman wrote: Hi, I am 69 and moved to Ontario from another Province. What do I require for recreational fishing? What is this outdoor card? Do I need this? Thank You
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: John, if you are over 65, any government-issued ID will be sufficient instead of an Outdoors card. From: https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing-licence-canadian-residents "If you are under 18 years old or 65 and older You do not need to purchase an Outdoors Card or licence to fish. You will need to carry your government-issued identification with you, that includes your name and date of birth, at all times while fishing. Your identification acts as your licence to fish, if you belong to one of these age ranges."
  7. robert jackman wrote: I am over 65 my understanding is that I don't need an Ontario fishing license is this still correct?
    • Alesha Howran wrote: You would not need to purchase an Ontario fishing licence if you are an Ontario or Canadian resident under the age of 18 or 65 years of age or older. You can read more about licences on pages 6-7 of the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary at https://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary.
  8. William M Beneteau wrote: I owned a hunting license long time ago can I apply for one or do I have to take a test again
  9. gary curtis wrote: I will be turning 65 in june but have misplaced my outdoors card what can I do as i will be fishing before june my birthday
  10. Marilyn Cory wrote: I am a senior and understand I do not need an Outdoors Card or a fishing license to fish, however, I must carry an ID card such as a birth certificate or driver's license. Is a photocopy of my ID acceptable?
    • Alesha Howran wrote: Hi Marilyn, If you review the Ontario Recreation Fishing Regulations Summary Page 6 under the subheading “When You Don’t Need to Purchase a Fishing Licence” it states the following: "The persons described below can carry a licence, permit, certificate or identification card issued by a federal, provincial or territorial government of Canada that indicates their name and date of birth and use it as a fishing licence." The regulations does not address if photocopies are acceptable. For a clear answer feel free to contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry directly via telephone 1-800-667-1940 or email using https://www.ontario.ca/feedback/contact-us?id=26930&nid=45341.
  11. MICHAEL MALLISH wrote: AM from Quebec I have my fishing license. I would like to go fishing with my brother in Ottawa Ontario . Do i need Ontario licence.?
    • Alesha Howran wrote: Hi Michael, we encourage you to read Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary found at https://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary specifically page 6-7 that describes when you do not need a licence. Canadian residents under 18 and 65 or older do not need a fishing licence to fish in Ontario (Sport Fishing Licence limits apply). If you are 18-64 you would need to purchase an Ontario recreational fishing licence. Some exceptions also apply so it is best to review the Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary to determine if any of the exceptions apply to you.
  12. PAUL COLENUTT wrote: Do you still need a fishing license in the year after turning 65.?
    • Alesha Howran wrote: Hi Paul, If you are a Canadian resident 65 or older you do not need a licence to fish. To be clear, this takes effect the day you turn 65, not the following year.
  13. Lora Faraday wrote: Does a resident of Ontario when fishing with appropriate ID, but no fishing license follow the sport fishing quota & possession limit or the conservation limits??
    • Jason Bain wrote: If you are over the age of 65, you may engage in fishing provided you carry a licence, permit, certificate, or identification card issued by a federal, provincial or territorial government of Canada that indicates your name and date of birth. Catch and possession limits for a sport fishing licence apply in these situations.
  14. Wallace Wolfe wrote: I am a Canadian citizen 65 years old. What are the requirements for me to fish in Ontario.
    • Jason Bain wrote: If you are over the age of 65, you may engage in fishing provided you carry a licence, permit, certificate, or identification card issued by a federal, provincial or territorial government of Canada that indicates your name and date of birth. Catch and possession limits for a sport fishing licence apply in these situations.
  15. Wilson wrote: As a senior over 65, I know they don't need a fishing licence . How many fish they can take ? As sport fishing quantity or conservation fishing quantity ?
    • Jason Bain wrote: If you are over the age of 65, you may engage in fishing provided you carry a licence, permit, certificate, or identification card issued by a federal, provincial or territorial government of Canada that indicates your name and date of birth. Catch and possession limits for a sport fishing licence apply in these situations.
  16. rod court wrote: my wife purchases a new outdoors card and one year conservation fishing license for me. since i am over 65 can i get a refund?
    • Jason Bain wrote: Thank you, Rod. We're not in a position to answer this, but encourage you to call Service Ontario to find out at 1-800-267-8097. Good luck.
  17. Gary Haller wrote: I am over 65 and fish on the Ottawa River. Do I need a Quebec License?
    • Jason Bain wrote: Thank you for the inquiry, Gary. If you are over the age of 65 in Ontario, you may engage in fishing provided you carry a licence, permit, certificate, or identification card issued by a federal, provincial or territorial government of Canada that indicates your name and date of birth. Catch and possession limits for a sport fishing licence apply in these situations. Here is info for fishing in Quebec waters: https://www.quebec.ca/en/tourism-and-recreation/sporting-and-outdoor-activities/fishing-rules/fishing-licence . Also, here is a map showing the boundary between the provinces: https://files.ontario.ca/mnrf-en-2_0/Fisheries-Management-Zone-12-BB13.pdf
  18. Steve Sokulski wrote: Where can I get a Ontario fishing guide book thanks
    • Jason Bain wrote: Hi, Steve. If you mean the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary, it is available at Service Ontario locations and online at https://files.ontario.ca/mnrf-fishing-regulations-summary-2021-en-2020-12-10.pdf
  19. E. Prud'homme wrote: If you are a Canadian resident under 18 or over 65 you do not need a fishing licence in Ontario. How many walleye (pickerel) fish are you allowed to catch; the sport's limit or the conservation limit?
    • Alesha Howran wrote: If you are under the age of 18 or over the age of 65, you may engage in fishing provided you carry a licence, permit, certificate, or identification card issued by a federal, provincial or territorial government of Canada that indicates your name and date of birth. Catch and possession limits for a sport fishing licence apply in these situations.
  20. theodore (ted) alan leis wrote: I am over the age of 65yrs. I am required to show proof of age. (drivers licence). Question is : Do I still need a Outdoors Card. I am a occasional fisherman, never a hunter, usually catch and release. What is my daily limit? Thanks Ted
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Good Morning, Ted, please note: "If you are under 18 years old or 65 and older You do not need to purchase an Outdoors Card or licence to fish. You will need to carry your government-issued identification with you, that includes your name and date of birth, at all times while fishing. Your identification acts as your licence to fish, if you belong to one of these age ranges." https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing-licence-canadian-residents Your catch limit is dependant on where and when you are fishing. Please refer to the latest Fishing Ontario Recreation Guide to determine this, following the link here: https://files.ontario.ca/books/mnrf-fishing-regulations-summary-2021-en-2020-12-10_0.pdf
  21. Mike Barnett wrote: I am 65 years old, do i need a fishing license?
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Good Morning, Mike, No you do not. Please note: “If you are under 18 years old or 65 and older You do not need to purchase an Outdoors Card or licence to fish. You will need to carry your government-issued identification with you, that includes your name and date of birth, at all times while fishing. Your identification acts as your licence to fish, if you belong to one of these age ranges.” https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing-licence-canadian-residents
  22. Katherine Brown wrote: My brother is here from bc...he is 74 years old. Does he need a licence to fish in ontario
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Good Morning, Katherine, No your brother does not need a licence to fish. Please note: “If you are under 18 years old or 65 and older You do not need to purchase an Outdoors Card or licence to fish. You will need to carry your government-issued identification with you, that includes your name and date of birth, at all times while fishing. Your identification acts as your licence to fish, if you belong to one of these age ranges.” https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing-licence-canadian-residents
  23. Darleen wrote: What do I need to go fishing in Ontario now that I’m 65
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Darleen, Simply a government-issued ID stating your date of birth. Happy Fishing!
  24. David Krieger wrote: Do I require a out doors card to hunt if I'm over 65. Or can I just purchase a small and game licence to hunt?
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: David, "A valid Outdoors Card is required for all resident and non-resident hunters who wish to purchase hunting licences." From the 2021 Hunting Regulations Summary: https://files.ontario.ca/books/mnrf-2021-hunting-regulations-summary-en-2021-04-01-v2.pdf
  25. Ron Nokes wrote: I am 73 have recently taken a gun course and have a pal but have not hunted for many years The last small game license I have is from 1981, can I use this to update my license or what do I need to do.
    • Jason Bain wrote: Thank you for the question, Ron. That's great, that you got your firearms accreditation. An Outdoors Card, however, is still required to obtain a hunting licence in Ontario, even for those 65+. You can reach Service Ontario at 1-800-288-1155, visit ontario.ca/outdoorscard, or visit a ServiceOntario or private licence issuer.
  26. wayne hamilton wrote: Hi; my question is: I am 78 years of age, my Outdoors Card expires Dec. 2021m, will I have to get it renewed to continue hunting?
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Wayne, If you are over 65, you may carry a different government-licensed form of identification, such as a driver's licence, instead. Just keep it on your person while fishing.
  27. James H Wyrosdick wrote: do I need a fishing and hunting license. I am over 65
    • Jason Bain wrote: Thanks for the question, James. Yes. A valid Outdoors Card is required for all resident and non-resident hunters who wish to purchase hunting licences. For fishing, however, an Outdoor Card is not required - just proof of age.
  28. Ian Gordon Gare wrote: Over 65. Do I require a hunting permit or an out door card to hunt coyotes in Lambton County Ontario.
    • Jason Bain wrote: Thanks for the question, Ian. Yes. A valid Outdoors Card is required for all resident and non-resident hunters who wish to purchase hunting licences. For fishing, however, an Outdoor Card is not required - just proof of age.