Free fishing for veterans and armed forces

by Lezlie Goodwin | November 8, 2018

The Government of Ontario is planning to amend provincial fishing regulations so veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members can enjoy free recreational fishing by early 2019.

The new regulation will apply across the province for those who reside in Ontario. The change means those eligible men and women would not have to buy a fishing licence.

Currently Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years must purchase a licence to fish in Ontario. Those younger than 18 and 65 and older can use any form of Canadian identification in lieu of a fishing licence.

“We enjoy the rights and freedoms we have today because of the sacrifices of those brave women and men throughout history, and those actively serving to defend our rights and freedoms,” stated John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry in a government press release.

“The people of Ontario are grateful for the service of our veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members who have, and continue to defend our freedom and values. These heroes deserve our gratitude and respect, and this is one small way we can show that.”

If you are a veteran or active Canadian Armed Forces member click here for more information.

Comments

  1. Dave Lott wrote: Would this mean All Veterans who ever lived in Ontario while serving or only those living in Ontario now?
  2. Cindy Chamberlain wrote: Good day I am a retired veteran who is interested in getting free fishing licence.
    • Ontario OUT of DOORS wrote: Hi Cindy, You can find more information here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing-licence-canadian-residents. Just scroll down to the heading "If you are a veteran or active Canadian Armed Forces member" on the page. Hope that helps!
  3. Steven Baker wrote: Has a serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces I am very grateful for the free recreational fishing. Nowhere in the articles I have read does it mention anything about the outdoors card or which fishing license we are granted, Sport or Conservation. Are we still expected to purchase the outdoors card every 3 years and which license are we entitled to? I'd like to know how many fish I'm allowed to keep. Thank you.
    • Ontario OUT of DOORS wrote: Hi Steven, We just found more information about the details of this. You can find them here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing-licence-canadian-residents. Just scroll down to the heading "If you are a veteran or active Canadian Armed Forces member" on the page. Hope that helps!