Tuesday Night July 11th Meeting 7pm Guest Speaker MNR Taylor Phillips
We are hoping to share information, answer questions related to the Modernization of Fish and Wildlife Licensing Initiatives that is currently being proposed and is posted on the Environmental Registry. and I have attached two fact sheets related to the proposed changes to Game Seals and Hunter reporting.
Ontario is developing a new hunting and fishing licensing system as part of the ministry’s ongoing commitment to enhance service delivery (www.ebr.gov.on.ca ER #013-0487). The new licensing system is anticipated to be implemented in late 2018 or early 2019. The proposed changes include:
• Outdoors card modernization—eliminate the different versions of the Outdoors Card to create a single card for all users.
• Licensing modernization—simplify licensing by reducing the number of components that make up a licence.
• Game Seal modernization—adopt use of “tags” that clients may print themselves if they so choose, and eliminate the need to physically attach tags to harvested wildlife in many circumstances.
• Hunter Reporting Modernization—all clients holding a licence to which a tag applies would report on their hunting activity.
• Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Program Modernization—eliminate the Hunter Apprentice Safety Card and allow youths 12 years or older to obtain an Outdoors Card, and to apply for hunting tags at the age of 15 years.
• Hunter Accreditation Streamlining- maintain hunter accreditation in the licensing system, and recognize hunter accreditation from other jurisdictions that meet Ontario standards.
• Hunter Licence Enhancements:
o Hunting Dog Licensing: eliminate the various dog licences, and require each dog to have just one licence for all hunts for which a dog may be used. No dog licence required to recover wounded game.
o Licensing Requirements to Hunt on a Game Bird Hunting Preserve: hunters would only need to hold an Outdoors Card and be licensed to use a firearms—no Small Game licence, no non-resident game bird hunting preserve licence.
• Fishing Licensing Enhancements:
o Deemed Residency for Acquiring a Recreational Fishing Licence—RCMP and military deemed to be Ontario residents after 1 month, as is currently the case for hunting licences.
o Non-Canadian Youth Fishing at Organized Camps—simplify licensing for non-Canadian youth attending an organized fishing camp.
Currently, the hunting and fishing licensing regime does not allow for certain features such as additional online services, communications and delivery of license products through digital channels and much more. The proposed regulatory and policy changes will allow the ministry to more effectively deliver services to clients, as well as reduce the administrative costs of these services.