Ontario Extending Free Family Fishing

Published on June 30, 2020

Province Supports Local Tourism and Safe Family Time Outdoors

MISSISSAUGA — The Ontario government is doubling the length of free family fishing in Ontario, providing families with an affordable and low-risk exploration of Ontario’s world-class lakes, rivers and streams while supporting the province’s tourism industry.

This year, Ontario residents of all ages can enjoy fishing in Ontario without having to purchase a licence or carry an Outdoors Card for the first two full weeks of July, from July 4 to 19.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has made things challenging for everyone this year, and this is why it’s especially important that we provide families with a low-risk way to spend quality time outdoors,” said the Hon. John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “We’re counting on people to be responsible when enjoying free fishing and to continue to follow all of the public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Anglers spend more than $1.6 billion annually in Ontario and support jobs in many rural and northern communities that depend on it.

“Extending Family Fishing Week will support our local businesses across Ontario that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “As we gradually and safely reopen our economy, our government is committed to supporting our fishing and tourism sectors through the economic recovery ahead.”

MPP Rudy Cuzzetto and son Joey fishing on Father's Day



  • The annual free Family Fishing Week traditionally starts in early July; this year, it has been extended for an additional week, taking place from July 4 to 19.
  • Free fishing events also occur on Family Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day weekends.
  • Veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy year-round recreational fishing without having to purchase a fishing licence.


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