Canadian Firearms Safety Course (C.F.S.C.)
You should be at least 12 years of age in order to take this course.
This is an entry level safety course. The course duration is between 10 - 12 hours. We do not attempt to teach you how to shoot, but instead how to be safe when you do shoot. Individuals 18 years of age and older can challenge this exam without instruction if they wish to do so.
All Possession and Acquisition Licenses (P.A.L.) are good for 5 years and should expire on your birth date. You should always renew your P.A.L. before it expires.
A Non-Restricted P.A.L. covers only Non-Restricted Firearms.
Ontario Hunter Education Course (O.H.E.C)
You must be at least 12 years of age in order to take this course.
If you wish to hunt in Ontario, you must take the O.H.E.C. and pass the exam. Then you can apply for a Hunting Outdoors Card (H.O.C.) which will allow you to purchase all hunting licenses except the Wild Turkey license which requires you to take the O.F.A.H. Wild Turkey Seminar & exam. You must be at least 16 years of age to apply for a H.O.C. however you can apply for one at 15 years of age with parental consent. There are two cards available, an H1 or H2. Consult a Hunting Regulations Summary for the particulars.
If you are between 12 - 15 years old, you may apply for a Hunter Apprenticeship Card. (H.A.C.) There are two cards available, an A1 or A2. Consult a Hunting Regulations Summary for the particulars.
All H.O.C.'s are good for 3 years and always expire on December 31