Ontario Provides Free Recreational Fishing for Veterans

Fishing on McVicar's Creek

TORONTO — The Ontario Government has delivered on its promise and is giving back to those men and women who have sacrificed so much.

As of January 1, 2019, all veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy recreational fishing across the province without having to purchase a fishing licence.

“Our government is working to show appreciation for veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members, helping make it easier and more affordable to enjoy recreational fishing,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Recreational fishing is a $2.2 billion industry in Ontario and an important tradition in the lives of many. With this regulatory change, all Canadian Armed Forces members­ – retired or still serving – can maximize their time on the water, and ice, by fishing all year round at no cost.

“Today, and everyday, we should salute the sacrifice and bravery of our service members who have defended and continue to defend the rights and freedoms we enjoy,” said Minister Yakabuski. “By allowing veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members to fish for free in Ontario’s beautiful waters and encourage more time outdoors, we are offering a token of recognition to these heroes who deserve our respect and gratitude. Thank you for your service.”

Ontario’s Government for the People continues to take steps to show Ontario’s appreciation for veterans, Canadian Armed Forces and their families.

For more information, call the Natural Resources Information and Support Centre at 1-800-667-1940 .

Quick Facts 

Ontario is supporting veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members and their families. We are:

  • Consulting on a new hotline for military families moving to the province
  • Ensuring Legion halls occupied by Ontario branches of the Royal Canadian Legion are exempt from paying property tax
  • Planning to build a memorial that honours heroes of the war in Afghanistan on the grounds of the Ontario Legislature
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