The Ontario government announced that it is cancelling the scheduled hunting licence fee increases for Ontario residents and removing the $2 service fee on Jan. 10.
“We’re making it easier for Ontarians to enjoy the great outdoors by keeping hunting licences affordable,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, in the announcement. “This year, there will be no price hike and no service fee. This will put approximately $1.6 million back into the pockets of the hard-working people of Ontario.”
The government has also updated hunting regulations, including a new Licence Summary available on a mobile device or to be printed at home, paper tags that replace the old game seals and enhanced hunter reporting. There is also a new Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service for Ontario residents to get hunting and fishing licensing products.
“The hunting industry contributes nearly half a billion dollars to the Ontario economy,” said Minister Yakabuski in the announcement. “Our hunters are some of the best stewards of our lands and waters and we want to make it easier for them to enjoy our world class natural resources.”
In terms of fishing, the government also froze fishing licence fees and added two new licence-free fishing events in 2019 on the weekends of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
See a clip from the announcement below. To learn more about hunting and fishing in Ontario, visit the Ontario government website here.