Hunter education moves online

by Editorial Staff | July 16, 2020
Ontario Hunter Education Program manual with a pen.

Ontario’s hunter education course is now temporarily available online.

In-person classroom sessions were suspended on April 6 until further notice to ensure the safety of instructors and participants, but Ontario residents can now register at to take part in a virtual option announced on Wednesday, July 15.

The course requires students to take the Saskatchewan online hunter education course before reviewing content online specific to Ontario (such as the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary), and then completing the Ontario exam virtually with an Ontario instructor.

Move temporary

This is an interim measure – the Ontario Hunter Education Program (OHEP) will resume in-person classes once face-to-face gatherings can safely resume, officials stated.

The course provides accreditation to hunt with a bow. Those wishing to hunt with a gun must also have federal firearms accreditation, such as a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL).

Those who have not taken the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) must complete it when courses become available, officials noted.

The OHEP is administered by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).

For more information, click here or email the OHEP administrator at or call 705-748-5785.

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  1. Frank L Goodall wrote: Hi Folks. It sure looks like the young fellow in the Safe Hunting post has his finger in the trigger guard taking it from the other Hunter... See a few comments on it .
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Frank, the boy's finger is not in the trigger guard. Here's a link to a better close-up to see: Thank you.
  2. Dave McFadden wrote: Do you offer a course specific to bowhunting. If not can you make any suggestions as to where I might take one.
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Dave, There's a bowhunting component to OHEP, but if you want something more specialized, I recommend querying on OOD's community Forum. There are plenty of folks on there who are bowhunters, including our bowhunting columnist, Jeff Kavanagh.