Ontario Cancels Scheduled 2019 Fishing Licence Fee Increase

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.

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  1. Jason Barnucz December 18, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    I’m not sure how reducing fees by a couple dollars helps but all the help we can get to see anglers fishing is great! I’d rather see collected fees be used more directly in enhancing our fisheries. However, I do like the more opportunities for family fishing being offered in 2019.

  2. Big Deal December 20, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Wow. Woopee…

  3. David R Dean January 4, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    I am a senior and don’t pay. However, my son and I practice live release and SPEND a lot to keep fishing alive and well. If I had to pay no problem, it’s important to allow the young generation to learn all about fishing. Enjoy!

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