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.
Canadian resident definition
Non-Canadian resident definition
What is an Ontario resident Outdoors Card?
An Ontario resident Outdoors Card 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.
Is an Outdoors Card a recreational fishing licence?
No. For Ontario residents, a complete and valid licence to fish consists of:
- an Outdoors Card plus a valid fishing licence tag
- a Temporary Outdoors Card and fishing licence tag for Ontario Residents
The licence tag is either embossed on the card or carried as a separate document, depending on the method of purchase.
An Outdoors Card alone is NOT a fishing licence.
Who needs to purchase an Ontario resident Outdoors Card and Fishing Licence Tag to fish in Ontario?
Most Ontario residents need an Ontario-issued Outdoors Card and fishing licence tag to fish in Ontario if they are at least 18 years old but have not reached their 65th birthday.
Who does not need to purchase an Outdoors Card and Fishing Licence Tag?
A person is deemed to be the holder of a Recreational Fishing Licence if they are:
- Residents of Ontario and Canada under 18 years old, or 65 years of age or older and in possession of any licence, permit, certificate, or identification card issued by the Government of Canada or a provincial or territorial government of Canada that indicates their name and date of birth.
- Disabled Ontario and Canadian residents eligible for and in possession of:
• A Canadian National Institute for the Blind National Identity Card issued to them
• An Accessible Parking Permit issued under the Highway Traffic Act
• A black and white photocopy or printed version of an electronic copy of an Accessible Parking Permit issued under the Highway Traffic Act and accompanied by any licence, permit, certificate, or identification card issued by the Government of Canada or a provincial or territorial government of Canada that indicates the person's name and date of birth.
• Any licence, permit, certificate or identification card issued by the Government of Canada or a provincial or territorial government of Canada that indicates the person's name and date of birth where the individual must be accompanied by and require the direct assistance of another person to fish and follow applicable fishing laws due to a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability, a learning disability or dysfunction, or a mental disorder. The person accompanying the above person does not require a fishing licence if they are only assisting, but must have a licence if they wish to engage in fishing.
Those who qualify to fish with a deemed licence as indicated above, must follow the same catch and possession limits as holders of a Resident Sport Fishing Licence Tag.
Do Aboriginal people need an Ontario resident Outdoors Card?
Members of Ontario Aboriginal communities having established aboriginal and treaty rights do not require an Outdoors Card or Ontario fishing licence tag to take fish for personal use within their traditional or treaty territory.
Personal use is defined as for food, social or ceremonial purposes.
Individuals should be prepared to provide identification showing their community membership.
Members of Aboriginal communities fishing outside of their traditional or treaty areas must have a valid Outdoors Card and fishing licence tag and follow the corresponding seasons, limits and exceptions.