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  • Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Offering Free Fishing to Celebrate Canada Day

TORONTO – To help celebrate Canada Day, the Ontario government is encouraging families, fishing enthusiasts and first-time anglers to participate in the province’s week-long free fishing event. From July 1 to July 9, Canadian residents can fish for free.


“To help families celebrate Canada Day, we’re making it easier to get out on the water and experience the world-class fishing opportunities that exist in Ontario,” said Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “Fishing is a fun and affordable way for families to enjoy quality time, while connecting with nature.”

Families are encouraged to plan their fishing trip or find a local event by visiting http://www.ontariofamilyfishing.com/.

If you are fishing for free during this period, you must carry ID issued by the provincial or federal government, showing your name and date of birth.


Quick Facts

  • This is the last free fishing period in 2023 when Canadian residents can fish for free.

  • If you are fishing for free during this Canada Day period, all conservation licence catch limits, size limits, sanctuaries and all other fishing regulations and rules still apply.

  • All veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy free recreational fishing in the province any time of year.


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