How to get an Ontario fishing license?

Fishing is allowed in the Rouge Park, but not without the license. Here is the breakdown of rules and regulations for anyone looking to enjoy fishing within the Park.

The difference between license fees for Ontario and Canada resident

Ontario resident: Ontario is your primary residence and you are living in the province for a least six consecutive months during the 12 months period immediately before applying for a license.

Canadian resident: Your primary residence is any part of Canada other than Ontario, and you are living in Canada for at least six consecutive months during the 12 months immediately before applying for a license.

You can buy a license and check for the options and pricing at:

Age groups from 18-65

If you are in this age group in order to start fishing you need to have a valid Outdoors Card (ID valid for three calendar years) and a fishing license (valid for either one or three calendar years). Your fishing license can be for two types of catch limits:

Conservation: reduced catch limits

Sport: normal catch limits

Age groups younger than 18 or older than 65

Fishing for these age groups is not limited to the fishing license. You don’t need to purchase a license to fish or an Outdoors Card. The only thing that you need to carry is your government-issued ID that includes your name, and date of birth. Your ID acts as your fishing license.

Fishing for one day?

If you are looking for one-day fishing you don’t need an Outdoors Card, but only a one-day fishing license.

Fishing for eight days, if you are 18 years or older?

If you want to fish for a week then you can buy an eight-day fishing license. Purchase can be made online (Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry), and the license can be saved in a digital format (on your smartphone) or printed.

Before going out fishing we definitely recommend checking the weather forecast and Ontario Fishing Regulations!