Ontario Fishing License

Need a Fishing License to fish Ontario Waters?

Canadian Resident – Not a resident of Ontario

If you are a Canadian resident but not a resident of Ontario you will need a Canadian resident Outdoors Card and a valid fishing licence tag for Canadian residents carried as a separate document.

A Canadian resident Outdoors Card is a plastic, wallet-sized card issued by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. It is used for identification and administrative purposes. A fishing licence tag must accompany the Canadian resident Outdoors Card.

People ask if a Outdoors Card a fishing licence?

The answer is No. For Canadian residents, a complete and valid licence to fish consists of: a Canadian resident Outdoors Card (plastic) or a Canadian Resident Temporary Outdoors Card and Application (paper)

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a valid fishing licence tag for Canadian residents carried as a separate document.

An Outdoors Card alone is NOT a fishing licence. You will need both.

Resident of Ontario

If you are a resident of Ontario. You will require an Ontario resident Outdoors Card. It is a plastic, wallet-sized card, issued by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to accompany your Ontario fishing licence tag. The Outdoors Card is valid for three calendar years and is used for identification and administrative purposes.

An Outdoors Card is NOT a recreational fishing licence.

For Ontario residents, a complete and valid licence to fish consists of: an Outdoors Card plus a valid fishing licence tag
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a Temporary Fishing Licence and Outdoors Card and Application for Ontario Residents

The licence tag is either affixed to the card or carried as a separate document.

Again an Outdoors Card alone is NOT a fishing licence.

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