Fish licence-free until July 7



From June 29 to July 7, Ontarians of all ages can enjoy fishing without requiring a licence.

“Our government is making it easier for families to spend quality time together by making fishing more accessible and affordable in Ontario,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “Families, fishing enthusiasts and those new to the sport have more opportunities than ever before to get out on the water.”

The free fishing week is a welcomed tradition and is the fourth licence-free fishing opportunity this year. In 2019, the Ontario government doubled the number of free fishing events by introducing licence-free fishing on the Father’s Day and Mother’s Day weekends.

“Free fishing events are a great way to experience the wonderful sport of fishing,” said Minister Yakabuski. “Ontario is home to many lakes, rivers and streams and there is no better time to experience the outdoors than in the summer months.”

“Fishing helps create a lifetime of memories for people of all ages,” said Angelo Lombardo, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. “Whether you are a long-time angler or being introduced to fishing for the first time, we hope that you take advantage of the free fishing opportunities available during Family Fishing Week and create some new, lasting memories.”

Families are encouraged to plan their fishing trip or find a local event by visiting

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