If you have a valid Possession Only Licence (POL) then consider it a Possession Acquisition Licence (PAL). Thanks to the former Conservative Government`s "Common Sense Bill" passed June 2015, Ontario residents with a valid POL automatically transitioned to a PAL. No Course required! You can check with Ontario’s Chief Firearms Office to see if they are eligible or for further information. Telephone 1-800-731-4000 extension 7503.
Unless revoked, your Firearms Licence will be valid for five (5) years from the date of issue. Every Firearms Licence is clearly marked with an expiry date. In order to be notified of your pending renewal, you must notify the Chief Firearms Officer (on-line) or call in within 30 days if you change your residence address.
Yes. In order to obtain a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) Class “R” for restricted firearms you will first need to successfully complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CRFC) and tests. Next you must successfully complete the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) and test. These courses are TWO SEPARATE days in duration. In order to obtain your first restricted firearm you will have to declare a purpose for needing it. You have only two choices: *1 – You are a collector and the firearm sought is forming part of your collection or; **2 – You plan on target shooting at an approved range, the only place that you can lawfully load and shoot a restricted firearm.
*You must first complete a “Collectors Package” (available on the Canadian Firearms Program website) and be recognized by the RCMP as a collector.
**You do not have to first belong to an approved range or gun club in order to acquire your first handgun or restricted firearm for the purpose of “target shooting” at an approved range. You simply must declare this as your purpose.
Before you transport a restricted firearm anywhere, you must first request a document from the Chief Firearms Office called an “Authority to Transport” (ATT). This document is obtained on a phone call and there is no cost for the issuance of it. Your licensed firearms dealer will assist you with this process.
No. When in your residence your handgun must be UNLOADED, rendered INOPERABLE and SECURELY LOCKED in a container, room or receptacle that cannot be easily broken open or into or; your restricted firearm may be stored UNLOADED provided that the restricted firearm is locked inside a SAFE, VAULT, or ROOM SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED for the storage of Restricted Firearms. You do have the right to protect yourself from intruders in your own home but please, remember that we live in a society with professional, reliable police protection. Your best solution to an intruder in your home is calling 911 and taking cover until trained professionals arrive.
All course(s) are specifically reserved for each individual student.
Please read our cancellation policy under "Terms and Legal" on this website.
You must notify us in writing 15 days prior to cancellation of any course(s).
No. If you achieve less than 80% in either the practical or the written parts of either test, you will have to repeat both tests again. In other words, you must achieve 80% or more in both the practical and the written components of both tests in order to pass. You may retake both tests if you are not successful the first time and you DO NOT have to retake the whole course unless you choose to do so (course fees will apply). A nominal fee of ($68.00) will be charged for a re-test.
NOTE: It is only mandatory for minors under the age of 18 years and anyone who has had a firearms prohibition order to take the CFSC. Anyone can take the CFSC/CRFSC as often as they like. However, instructors have the right to refuse to conduct the test for any individual if they feel that to do so may threaten public safety.
After you complete your courses, your official "proof of completion" documents and exams are forwarded to the Firearms Safety Education Service (FSESO) within 5 business days for review and CFO acknowledgement. The documents are then mailed to you in a self-addressed envelope from the FSESO in approximately 6-10 weeks’ time. Once received by you, it is up to you to forward your firearms licence application, complete with photograph and proof of training to the RCMP Central Processing Site (CPS) in Miramichi, New Brunswick.
Once your application is received and data entered by the RCMP, you are subject to a mandatory 28-day waiting period before your licence is printed and mailed to you (current RCMP backlog is 4 months). In all, the process takes about 3 months from start to finish.
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The following rules apply:
- Bring Government photo ID
- Advise us in advance of any medical conditions that can cause you difficulty during the course
- Get a good night sleep to be attentive and alert
- Plan to arrive on time, preferably 10 mins early (forms to fill out)
- Bring a note pad and pen
- Read the course manual in advance to familiarize yourself with the material
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Don't wear excessive amounts of jewelry
- Avoid perfume as some students may have allergies
- Trim your nails
- Do not consume any alcohol or narcotics prior to or during course
- It's a long day so bring snacks and hydration
- No horseplay or aggressive behaviour at anytime in course
- Any breech of the above rule in behaviour will result in the immediate dismissal from class
- Please read "Joining Instruction" in legal section of website or sent to you by email
- Please read, sign and send scan of "Acknowledgement Form" that you understand and have read "Joining Instructions"
- Please read "FAQ" section
- Please bring a pen and notepad
- Snacks and drinks
- Once payment of course is received you will receive a receipt and confirmation of spot in course
- Please ensure you have picked a convenient date as last minute changes are not permitted
- Do not bring any live ammunition to the course
- No worries, we have courses available to you on a monthly basis to obtain your PAL.
- Just want to get rid of them? Check out our Gun Disposal tab for a simple legal option for you (we can pick them up from you anytime).
- We would be happy to purchase or help sell your firearms.
As discussed and advised in the course, any paperwork comes directly from FSESO after approximately 4-6 weeks from course completion. If you have not received your return forms in your self-addressed envelope from FSESO within that time frame, please contact FSESO directly at 877-322-3245 and speak with administration, someone will assist you, thank you.
Yes, the RCMP application asks if you successfully completed the Firearms Safety course and if proof is attached. That is the paperwork you are waiting for from FSESO. Once you receive your paperwork (2 copies of form), keep one copy for your records and mail the other copy along with your RCMP application, photo and fees to the RCMP.
An opportunity to train one on one with Mr. Nicoletti on your marksmanship skills. Taking you from ground zero and going through the basics of firearm handling with a variety of firearms or custom tailored to your needs.
Sessions are approx. 1.5 hours, and catered to individual needs and goals. Check out full details on our website, thank you.
Range fee, Firearms, Ammunition and Targets are included. Safety glasses & hearing protection will be provided.
Please call the Chief Firearms Office of Ontario: 1-800-731-4000 Ext 7503. Minor's licence application forms are distributed on a one to one basis from that Office.
Contact the Chief Firearms Office of Ontario by calling 1-800-731-4000 Ext 7503.
There are many “Approved Shooting Ranges” in Ontario for this purpose. Check out the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) website for a list of shooting ranges near you.
Yes, you can. The Firearms Act and its supporting regulations set out the rules for possessing Non-Restricted & Restricted firearm(s). For specific details on the requirements for firearms possession, storage, transportation and display in Canada, please visit the Canadian Firearms Center's web site: www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca.
For Restricted Firearms “membership to a Gun Range and a valid Long Term Authorization to Transport (LTATT) is required in order to possess a restricted firearm.
To apply for LTATT application please see link: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/form-formulaire/index-eng.htm
In order to purchase any ammunition anywhere in Canada, you must be 18 years of age and possess a valid Canadian PAL. If you purchase any ammunition in the province of Ontario, Provincial legislation requires that your PAL number — and address — be recorded and entered into a log book kept at the store where you purchased the ammunition.