OFAH calls for PAL extensions to address backlog

by Editorial Staff | July 27, 2020
Open wallet containing Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is calling on the federal government to address what it called an “ever-growing backlog” of Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) renewal applications by offering six-month extensions.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which runs the Canadian Firearms Program, states it is “currently experiencing significant impacts to our services, like many other service providers in Canada,” as a result of measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Clients may experience longer than normal wait times when calling, and the processing of applications for a new licence and production of licence cards may be delayed because of reduced capacity in the processing centre, the RCMP states on its website.

Temporary measures sought

“While we understand the delays have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have officially called on government to implement temporary measures that will allow for users who are currently caught up in the backlog the opportunity to continue to enjoy their hunting, trapping, and sport shooting activities,” the OFAH stated in a July 21 email to members.

“These activities are incredibly valuable as it relates to the well-being of many Canadians – and now, perhaps more than ever, they provide an much-needed escape from the daily challenges we face, both individually and as a society during these difficult times.”

For more information, read the OFAH letter to Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair.

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  1. Jean wrote: I got mine back in under two weeks. Follow all instructions carefully and accurately.
  2. William James Harper wrote: I have been waiting now for 6 months for my PAL. I had let my original one expire for to many years so had to redo both courses, restricted and non restricted. Sent in all the paperwork for first of March 20/20. They originally received my paperwork in November 2019, cashed my cheque and told me I had to redo both courses. I did in February 2020 and sent everything to the RCMP. Every time I call I get the same answer, everything is ok but no idea when I will receive it.