Fishing licences

To fish in Ontario, you need an Outdoors Card and a valid fishing licence tag, or a temporary fishing licence and Outdoors Card Application.

To get a fishing licence online you will need:

  • to be a resident of Canada
  • depending on the information on file, you may also need to provide your Outdoors Card number and mailing address postal code

You are not required to purchase a Fishing Licence if you are:

  • a resident of Ontario and Canada under 18 years of age or 65 years of age or older
  • a disabled Ontarian

Those who qualify to fish without purchasing a fishing licence must follow the same catch and possession limits as a sport fishing licence and be prepared to show documentation supporting their status.

Please​ Note
If you are a non-resident of Ontario, please visit the Ministry of Natural Resources for more details.

Get a fishing licence online

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  • Outdoors Card: $9.68
  • Three-year Sport Fishing Licence Tag: $83.29
  • Three-year Conservation Fishing Licence Tag: $47.70
  • One-year Sport Fishing Licence Tag: $27.76
  • One-year Conservation Fishing Licence Tag: $15.90
  • One-day Sport Fishing Licence: $12.67


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What you need to know

To fish in Ontario, you need:

  • an Outdoors Card and a valid fishing licence tag or
  • a temporary fishing licence and Outdoors Card Application

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

There are two types of licence tags available:

  • Sport fishing licence: for anglers who want full catch and possession fishing privileges
  • Conservation fishing licence: a reduced catch and possession limit licence that is ideal for anglers who want to live-release the majority of fish caught. Under this licence, anglers must immediately release muskellunge, Atlantic salmon and aurora trout

Please note that an Outdoors Card is not required for a one-day fishing licence.

Updated: April 1, 2014