Ontario-based online hunter safety course coming

by Editorial Staff | June 7, 2021
Ontario Hunter Education and Canadian Firearms Course manuals displayed on a desk.

New hunters will have an Ontario-based Hunter Safety Course (HSC) option by late summer.

As a result of the pandemic, new hunters began taking online courses based on Saskatchewan’s online training course in 2020. A decision to open Requests for Bids for made-in-Ontario product was made last October after assessment of that course and feedback from Ontario HSC instructors and participants. 

Three vendors applied and by late December, the evaluation process was complete with Ottawa-based Fresh Air Educators beating out the competition. Course development began in February 2021. Training will begin for Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staff and instructors by early summer of 2021.

The goal is to develop a fully online course and examination by late summer. A complete instructor-led, in-class course will also be maintained as well. Further details will be communicated over the summer.

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  1. Isaac Tetreault wrote: I am interested in taking part in this course, i didn’t see a registration part. but i will assume by signing up for the emails etc, i should receive notice about it
    • Alesha Howran wrote: Hi Isaac, As the Ontario based version of the Online Hunter Safety Course is still being developed, the Ontario Hunter Education Program has posted a notice on their website informing interested parties to check back soon. Save this link and check back periodically. They are still currently offering the temporary Saskatchewan Online Hunter Safety Course option online.
  2. Peter Constantinou wrote: Not sure this is the kind of course that should have an online option. Safety and ethics in hunting should be done in person where instructors can observe and assist students. Just not sure the same quality of education can be offered online....just my opinion.
  3. Robert Pouliot wrote: This is a great idea! Looking forward to participating when it begins..
  4. Val Balaski wrote: My 12 yr old grandson whats his HSC how do we go about getting this?
    • Jason Bain wrote: Full information on courses available at www.ohep.net