Ontario’s final annual licence-free fishing opportunity returns with Family Fishing Week from Saturday, July 3 to Sunday, July 11.
No licence is needed to wet a line, but conservation licence limits apply. Other designated annual licence-free periods include Mother’s (May 8-9) and Father’s (June 19-20) Day and Ontario Family Fishing Weekend, which took place from Feb. 13 to 15.
The province says its recreational fishing industry generates $1.75 billion annually.
“Fishing is a time-honoured tradition and terrific way for families to spend time together,” newly minted Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry Greg Rickford stated in a press release. “I hope everyone in Ontario is able to head down to a lake or river and take part in Free Fishing Week, this year.”
At all other times, Canadian residents ages 18 to 64 must purchase a valid fishing licence to legally fish in Ontario. Veterans and active members of the Canadian Armed Forces are exempt.
Regardless of residency, individuals who have been issued an accessible parking permit under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act or an identity card from the Canadian National Institute for the blind are also exempt from purchasing an Ontario fishing licence.
For more information on licence-free fishing, click here.