Family Free Fishing Week starts Saturday, July 6

ONTARIO–Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card.

The Ontario Government designates two periods throughout the year as licence-free, February 16-18 and July 6-14 (12:01 am Saturday, July 6 to 11:59 pm Sunday, July 14). During all other time periods, Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years must purchase a valid fishing license to legally fish in Ontario.

There has never been a better time to introduce a friend to fishing!

Participants fishing without a licence must fish under the Conservation fishing licence limits which are set out in the current Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. With the exception of the licencing requirement, Ontario fishing regulations, fees and limits continue to apply during licence-free days. Copies of the regulations are posted on the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources ( website, and are available in print at Service Ontario centres and other fishing license issuers, as well as a variety of other outlets.