Legislation and Licences:
The possession of a firearm is regulated by the Criminal Code of Canada.
A licence is an individual’s authorization to possess and register a firearm and obtain ammunition. The firearms licence must be kept current for as long as the individual is in possession/ownership of the firearm.
Applications for a firearms licence can be obtained online at the Canadian Firearms Centre or by calling 1-800-731-4000.
The Possession and Acquisition License (P.A.L.) is the only licence currently available to new applicants. It is renewable every five years.
A non-resident of Canada can obtain a non-resident firearms declaration that has been confirmed by a customs officer. It is deemed to be a temporary licence for up to 60 days.
A minor's licence for individuals aged 12 to 17 years, enable a young person to borrow a non-restricted rifle or shotgun for approved purposes such as hunting or target shooting. These young individuals are under the supervision of a licensed (P.A.L.) adult.
- Unloaded, and
- Rendered inoperable by a secure locking device (trigger lock or cable lock), or
- Remove bolt or bolt carrier, or
- Stored in a secure container, receptacle or room that is securely locked and constructed so that it cannot readily be broken open or into
- Unloaded, and
- Rendered inoperable by a secure locking device (trigger lock or cable lock), and
- Stored in a secure container, receptacle or room that is securely locked and constructed so that it cannot readily be broken open or into, or
- Stored in a vault, safe or room that has been specifically constructed or modified for the secure storage of restricted firearms and kept securely locked
Is not readily accessible to ammunition, unless the ammunition is stored together with or separately from the firearms in a container or receptacle that is kept securely locked and that is constructed so that it cannot readily be broken open or into.
For more information regarding the storage, display, transportation and handling of firearms legislation, call 1-800-731-4000 or visit the Canadian Firearms Centre at www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca/default_e.asp.