Fast Facts about Ontario Outdoors Cards and Fishing Licences

A licence to fish in Ontario consists of an Outdoors Card plus a fishing licence tag (either printed on the back of the card or accompanying the card).  Here is a quick overview of the basics for Ontario residents, Canadian residents, and non-Canadian residents.  If you know what you want to purchase, use one of the links below.  If you are not sure, continue reading at the section that describes your residency status.

 

Buy your first fishing Outdoors Card online.

Renew your Outdoors Card online.   

Buy a fishing licence tag online



Note: An Outdoors Card is not required for a one-day fishing licence.

 

 

Ontario Residents
 

An Ontario resident is defined as a person whose primary residence is in Ontario and who has lived in Ontario for a period of at least six consecutive months during the 12 months immediately before applying for a licence.

Ontario residents need an Outdoors Card to fish in Ontario if they are at least 18 years old but have not reached their 65th birthday.  The sportfishing licence tag or the conservation fishing licence tag (3 year or 1 year) is printed on, or accompanied by, the plastic Outdoors Card.
 

If you have never had an Outdoors Card, you can purchase one online or at a participating licence issuer.

 


Your Outdoors Card is good for three calendar years.

If you are an Ontario resident between 18 and 65 years of age and you want to fish in Ontario right away, you can buy a Resident Temporary Outdoors Card and fishing licence tag from selected licence issuers or ServiceOntario centres across the province.  This Temporary Outdoors Card and fishing licence tag is effective immediately and valid until December 31 of the year in which it was purchased.

 

If your Outdoors Card will soon expire, or has already expired, the fastest and easiest way to renew your Outdoors Card is a three year online renewal by credit card or with a call to 1-800-288-1155.

 

Ontario resident hunters can also fish under the authority of their Outdoors Card (hunting version) with the appropriate fishing licence tag.
 

You can also get more information on the Outdoors Card by calling the Outdoors Card Centre at 1-800-387-7011.  This toll-free number works from all regions of Canada, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).



Canadian (other than Ontario) Residents

 

A Canadian resident is defined as a person whose primary residence is in any part of Canada who is not an Ontario resident and who has lived in Canada for a period of at least six consecutive months during the 12 months immediately before applying for a licence.

Canadian residents need an Outdoors Card to fish in Ontario if they are at least 18 years old but have not reached their 65th birthday.  The sportfishing licence tag or the conservation fishing licence tag accompanies the plastic Outdoors Card.

 

If you have never had an Outdoors Card, you can purchase a Canadian Resident Temporary Outdoors Card and fishing licence tag online or from selected licence issuers and ServiceOntario centres across the province.  The Canadian Resident Temporary Outdoors Card does not include the fishing licence tag.  The fishing licence tag will be a separate paper permit.

 

The temporary Outdoors Card and paper licence tag are effective immediately.  Your plastic Outdoors Card will be mailed to you automatically, and is valid for three calendar years (including the year of purchase).

 

Canadian resident hunters can also fish under the authority of their Outdoor Card (hunting version) with the appropriate fishing licence tag.

 

You can also get more information on the Outdoors Card by calling the Outdoors Card Centre at 1-800-387-7011.  This toll-free number works from all regions of Canada, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).



Non-Canadian Residents

A non-Canadian resident is defined as a person who is neither an Ontario resident nor a Canadian resident.


Non-Canadian residents need an Outdoors Card to fish in Ontario if they are 18 years of age and over.  (NOTE: Non-residents 65 years of age or older are not exempt from requiring a licence).  The sportfishing licence tag (one year, three year or 8 day) or the conservation fishing licence tag (one year, three year or 8 day) accompanies the plastic Outdoors Card. 

 

If you have never had an Outdoors Card, you can purchase a Non-Canadian Resident Temporary Outdoors Card and fishing license tag online or from selected licence issuers or ServiceOntario centres across the province.  The Non-Canadian Resident Temporary Outdoors Card does not include the fishing licence tag.  The fishing licence tag will be a separate paper permit.

 

The temporary Outdoors Card and paper licence tag are effective immediately.  Your plastic Outdoors Card will be mailed to you automatically, and is valid for three calendar years (including the year of purchase).

 

Non-Canadian resident hunters can also fish under the authority of their Outdoor Card (hunting version) with the appropriate fishing licence tag.

 

You can also get more information on the Outdoors Card by calling the Outdoors Card Centre at 1-800-387-7011.  This toll-free number works from all of North America, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).