Licence-free fishing for Father’s Day

by Editorial Staff | June 16, 2021
fishing rod and fishing net sitting on a bench

The third of Ontario’s four annual licence-free fishing opportunities returns this Father’s Day weekend.

No licence is needed to wet a line on Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, but conservation licence limits apply.

Other designated annual licence-free periods include Mother’s Day weekend (May 8-9), and Family Fishing Week, from July 3-11. The first event, Ontario Family Fishing Weekend, took place from Feb. 13 to 15.

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.  

The province is also offering free day-use permits at more than 100 Ontario Parks on Sunday, June 20. Visit for more information and a list of participating parks.

For more information on licence-free fishing, click here.

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