The Ontario Government announced today that it will be canceling a scheduled fishing licence fee increase, as well as removing the $2 service fee. "Next year, whether renewing a licence or purchasing for the first time, there will be no price hike and no service fee. This will put $2.7 million back into the pockets of the hard-working people of Ontario," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. The Ministry also revealed that two new licence-free fishing events will be held in 2019. Now Ontario residents will be able to fish without a licence on Mother's Day, May 12, and Father's Day, June 16. "Recreational fishing is a $2.2 billion industry in Ontario," said Minister Yakabuski. "People come from all over the world to experience what this beautiful province has to offer, including fishing in our many lakes, rivers and streams, and we are helping the people of this province and their families do the same." For more information on the fishing licence fee in Ontario, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/fishing. Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. By informing anglers of current and potential issues and threats affecting recreational fishing and access to public waters, our goal is to motivate anglers to take action on matters of importance to the future of fishing and conservation. We’re also your voice on Parliament Hill. If you would like to contribute to our efforts to “Keep Canada Fishing,” you can donate now via PayPal.
Originally Published by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, February 13, 2017 Families and fishing enthusiasts across Ontario can fish for free -- licence-free -- from Saturday, February 18 through Monday, February 20. This Family Day weekend, anglers can go ice fishing without a licence, so head out to one of Ontario's provincial parks that are open during the winter to give it a try. Learn the ropes of ice fishing at one of the many events happening across the province, including: ▪ Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Family Ice Fishing Day on February 18, 2017 at BEL Rotary Park, Ennismore ▪ Conservation Sudbury's Friends and Family Ice Fishing Day on February 19, 2017 at Lake Laurentian Conservation Area in Sudbury ▪ Wellington Street Sportsmens Club Annual Family Ice Fishing Event on February 20, 2017 at Wellington Street Sportsmen Club in Thames. Remember to follow the rules for ice fishing in Ontario and stick to the daily fishing limits to help protect our province's fish populations. Recent mild weather may have made ice on many bodies of water unsafe, so be sure to check with local ice hut operators before venturing out and make safety a priority. Quick Facts Anglers buy approximately 1 million licenses to fish in Ontario each year. This summer, Canadian residents can fish without a licence in Ontario from July 1-9, 2017. New anglers can borrow fishing gear for free through the Tackleshare program. Background Information Anglers Encouraged to Stay Safe on the Ice Additional Resources Check out the Ontario Family Fishing Events website for events near you. Pick up the basics of fishing with the Learn to Fish Guide. Plan your fishing trip with the Fish ON-Line tool where you can search by lake, type of fish and [...]