Frequently Asked Questions


I want a Possession Only Licence (P.O.L). Is this still possible?

I want a Possession Only Licence (P.O.L). Is this still possible?

If you had a valid POL that expired after 1 January 2004 you could be eligible for renewal. Ontario residents can check with Ontario’s Chief Firearms Office to see if they are eligible and to request Form RCMP 6006 for further information. Telephone 1-800-731-4000 extension 7503.


How long is a Firearms Licence valid?

How long is a Firearms Licence valid?

Unless revoked, your Firearms Licence will be valid for five 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) within 30 days if you change your residence address.


I only want to acquire restricted firearms? Do I still need to first complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and pass the tests?

I only want to acquire restricted firearms? Do I still need to first complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and pass the tests?

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 Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) 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.

 

  • *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.


How do I take my restricted firearm home with me once I have one?

How do I take my restricted firearm home with me once I have one?

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 licenced firearms dealer will assist you with this process.


I want to keep a restricted firearm (Handgun) in my residence for personal protection. Can I do this?

I want to keep a restricted firearm (Handgun) in my residence for personal protection. Can I do this?

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. Please remember, we live in a society with professional, effective police protection. Your best solution to an intruder in your home is calling 911 and taking cover.


What happens if I fail either the practical or written parts of the CFSC and the CRFSC test?

What happens if I fail either the practical or written parts of the CFSC and the CRFSC test?

f 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 resit 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. A nominal fee ($20.00) is charged for a re-test for any Ready Aim Firearms Safety Inc. student. This fee is $40.00 for anyone else.


If I am not successful in the CFSC/CRFSC test do I still have to take the course?

If I am not successful in the CFSC/CRFSC test do I still have to take the course?

No. It is only mandatory for minors under the age of 18 years and anyone who has had a firearms prohibition 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 an individual if they feel that to do so may threaten public safety.


How long will it take before I receive my Firearms Licence after taking the courses?

How long will it take before I receive my Firearms Licence after taking the courses?

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 5 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 as quickly as possible.  Once your application is received and data entered at the CPS, you are subject to a mandatory 28-day waiting period before your licence is printed and mailed to you.  In all, the process takes about 3 months from start to finish.  To avoid disappointment this fall, book your firearms safety training and hunter education with Ready Aim Firearms Safety Incorporated now!  

For Minors


Where can I get a Minors Licence application form?

Where can I get a Minors Licence application form?

Please call the Chief Firearms Office of Ontario: 1-800-731-4000 Ext 7503


I am a minor. Where can I get an application form for a Minors Firearms Licence?

I am a minor. Where can I get an application form for a Minors Firearms Licence?

 Contact the Chief Firearms Office of Ontario by calling 1-800-731-4000 Ext 7503.

Once I have my firearms licence, where can I go to shoot my firearms?

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.


 

Ready Aim Firearms Safety Inc. is proud to announce that we are in the process of expanding our business to include a state-of-the-art indoor shooting range facility. Watch our website for official announcements as “early bird” discount memberships will be offered!


 

For more information about firearm registration and how to acquire the mandatory permits, please contact the Chief Firearms Office of Ontario on 1-800-731-4000 extension 7503.

Test Questions

Visitor to Canada or non-resident


After finishing the CFSC/CRFSC course, how long before I have to take the test?

After finishing the CFSC/CRFSC course, how long before I have to take the test?

Once you have completed the course the test may be taken at any time. Usually this is done the same day. For the non-restricted course, the practical test is sometimes done the following day before the Restricted Firearms course begins.


I already took a test when I got my Ontario Hunting Licence. Does this exempt me from having to take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course?

I already took a test when I got my Ontario Hunting Licence. Does this exempt me from having to take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course?

No. To get your Ontario Hunting Licence you had to take the Hunter Education test which is a provincial test that is good only for a provincial hunting licence. If you want a Federal Firearms Licence you will have to go on and take the full Canadian Firearms Safety Course, the tests and then send proof of this to the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program.


Once I complete the required courses, how long will I have to wait before I get my Firearms Licence?

Once I complete the required courses, how long will I have to wait before I get my Firearms Licence?

Once you finish the courses, you will have to wait around three months before getting your firearms licence. Within five working days of completing the courses your certified “proof of completion” certificate is sent on to the Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario (FSESO) to be reviewed and acknowledged by the CFO. Within five weeks the FSESO will then mail these documents on to you in the self-addressed envelope that you completed during your course. When you receive this, you can then go ahead and apply for your firearms licence by filling in the application form and sending it together with a photograph and your proof of training to the RCMP Central Processing Site (CPS) in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Your data will be entered into the system at the CPS and then you will have to wait a mandatory 28 days before your licence can be printed and sent on to you.

 

If you are thinking of going out hunting this fall you need to plan ahead and start your training early to be sure to receive your licence in time. Why not check out the schedule of our Ready Aim Firearms Safety Incorporated training and hunter education courses now, to be sure of reserving your place.

 

Please note that there is nothing stopping you from making application to the RCMP for a firearms licence BEFORE you attend the safety-training course. Your licence will not be issued to you until you prove that you have successfully completed the course, but applying early will most certainly reduce you wait time from three months to as little as 4 or 5 weeks. Once you receive your proof of course you can simply scan and e-mail or fax it in to the RCMP to further save wait time!


I am visiting Canada. Do I still need a Firearms Licence?

I am visiting Canada. Do I still need a Firearms Licence?

 Yes. Since January, 1st 2001, non-residents who import both restricted and non-restricted firearms, or who borrow non-restricted firearms only, and who acquire ammunition, by law have to possess a Canadian Firearms Licence.


 

If you plan to bring your own firearm into Canada you must declare this in writing by filling in a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration (form JUS 909 EF). Present this form to a Customs Officer who will confirm your declaration and issue you with a confirmation number. This form will then serve as a licence and registration showing that you are in legal possession of your firearm. The confirmed declaration is valid for up to 60 days and costs $25 Canadian.


I am a visitor to Canada. Am I allowed to borrow a firearm for use in Canada?

I am a visitor to Canada. Am I allowed to borrow a firearm for use in Canada?

 You do not need a licence if: a) you are borrowing the firearm from someone who has a valid Canadian Firearms Licence; b) you are borrowing from the person who lawfully possesses the firearm; and c) you use it only under the immediate and direct supervision of the adult who lawfully possesses that firearm. This applies to both adult and minor visitors. For more exact clarification, you should apply to the CFO of the province where you plan to borrow and be using the firearm,


 

In all other circumstances, non-resident adults (over the age of 18) will have to get either a valid Canadian Firearms Licence that allows them to acquire firearms or a Temporary Firearms Borrowing Licence (form JUS 715 EF). This Non-Resident Temporary Borrowing Licence costs $30 Canadian and can be renewed once for an additional $30 provided that the renewal is made before it expires. Non-residents may have their sponsors apply on their behalf for their Non-Resident Temporary Borrowing Licence.


As a non-resident how do I get a Possession and Acquisition (PAL) Licence?

As a non-resident how do I get a Possession and Acquisition (PAL) Licence?

 If you are a non-resident over the age of 18 you can apply for the Possession and Acquisition licence. You will have to attend and successfully complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and tests. You will also have to contact your local police service or government office to request a NCIC (police records) check. Once you have this written confirmation you can apply for the PAL licence by filling in the application and sending it together with the NCIC documentation and the CFSC course and test certificate to the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program.


 

Ready Aim Firearms Safety Inc. has rained many foreign people visiting Canada from the United Kingdom, the United States, Asia and the Middle East. We look forward to meeting you and making new friends.







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