What is a non-Canadian resident Outdoors Card?
A non-Canadian resident Outdoors Card is a plastic, wallet-sized card issued by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and used for identification and administrative purposes.
Is a non-Canadian resident Outdoors Card a fishing licence?
No. For non-Canadian residents, a complete and valid licence to fish in Ontario consists of:
An Outdoors Card alone is NOT a fishing licence.
Who needs to purchase a non-Canadian resident Outdoors Card and fishing licence tag to fish in Ontario?
Anyone who lives outside of Canada is considered a non-resident for the purposes of fishing licence regulations. Most non-residents need a fishing licence to fish in Ontario. Specifically:
NOTE: Non-Canadian residents camping on Crown land in Northwestern Ontario (Zones 2, 4, 6 and Zone 5 except in the border waters area) must observe Conservation Licence limits except for in the border waters area (see Licences for Provincial and International Border Waters).
For non-Canadian resident groups of children (at least five people under the age of 18 years accompanied by a licenced adult) there is a special Licence for Members of an Organized Camp. This licence is available from Ministry of Natural Resources offices and ServiceOntario offices.
Where can I purchase a non-Canadian resident Outdoors Card and fishing licence tag?
A non-Canadian resident can purchase an Outdoors Card and fishing licence online and print an E-licence for instant use.
Non-Canadian resident anglers may also purchase a fishing licence that is effective immediately at more than 1,000 licence issuer locations and ServiceOntario centres throughout the province. Licences are often available from tourist outfitters' camps and lodges, summer camps, and sporting goods stores or bait dealers. In smaller communities, they may be available at general stores or other retail establishments. A range of licences is offered to suit individual needs.
What should I do if my non-Canadian resident Outdoors Card is lost, stolen or destroyed?
If your non-Canadian resident Outdoors Card or any part of your licence is lost, stolen or destroyed, call the Outdoors Card Centre at 1-800-387-7011 to arrange for a replacement. In some circumstances there may be a replacement fee.
How can I get more information about the Outdoors Card?
The staff at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources' Outdoors Card Centre would be pleased to answer your questions.
You may reach the Outdoors Card Centre (toll free) at 1-800-387-7011 from anywhere in North America.
The hours of operation of the Outdoors Card Centre are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
What else should I know about my Outdoors Card?
Here are other important things to keep in mind: