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.
Many provinces and territories in Canada host "licence-free fishing" weeks and weekends in an effort to get Canadians to try the sport. At Keep Canada Fishing, it is our belief that one of the best ways to keep the fishing tradition alive is to introduce it to somebody new. By encouraging young Canadians to appreciate the benefits of recreational fishing -- and our natural resources in general -- we foster a new generation of conservationists, nature lovers, anglers, and hunters. Fishing gives Canadians a reason to care about the resources their activities depend on. And as an $8 billion industry, sustainable fishing not only benefits anglers -- it benefits all Canadians. During National Fishing Week three provinces host licence-free fishing days: Alberta‘s Family Fishing Days February 17, 18 and 19, 2018 July 7-8, 2018 403-297-6423 website Ontario‘s Family Fishing Week & Weekend February 17-19, 2018 June 30-July 8, 2018 800-667-1940 website Yukon‘s Free Fishing Weekend June 29-July 2, 2018 867-667-5721 website Other licence-free days vary by province: British Columbia’s Family Fishing Weekend June 15 – 17, 2018 877-855-3222 website Manitoba‘s Family Fishing Days February 17 – 19, 2018 June 9-10, 2018 204-945-6640 / 204 945 7795 website Fish New Brunswick Days June 2nd – June 3rd, 2018 506-453-2440 website Newfoundland & Labrador Resident Year Round Trout (Coastal Waters) Resident only 800-563-6353 website Northwest Territories Family Fishing Weekend Not applicable 800-661-0788 website Nova Scotia‘s Family Fishing Weekend February 17-19, 2018 June 2-3, 2018 902-485-5056 website Nunavut‘s Family Fishing Weekend Not applicable 866-686-2888 website Prince Edward Island Family Fishing Weekend May 19-21, 2018 902-368-4683 website Quebec‘s Family Fishing Weekend (Fête de la pêche) Les 8, 9 et 10 juin 2018 877-346-6763 french website Saskatchewan‘s Free Fishing Weekends February 17 – 19, 2018 July 14-15, [...]