NOTE: This course is not open to individuals bound by a firearms prohibition order. “Prohibition order” is defined in ss. 84(1) of the Criminal Code as:
PROHIBITION ORDER – “prohibition order” means an order made under [the Criminal Code] or any other Act of Parliament prohibiting a person from possessing any firearm, crossbow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition, prohibited ammunition or explosive substance, or all such things.
Please call the Canadian Firearm Centre at 1-800-731-4000 for more information.
Possession Acquisition Licence (PAL) (18 yrs +)
It is necessary to have a firearms licence (PAL) in order to possess or borrow a firearm or to acquire, by any means, a firearm or ammunition. A Firearms Licence is available to those individuals who are 18 years or older. More information regarding the Possession Acquisition Licence may be found here.
To download a Firearms Licence Application Form click here.
Minors Licence (12-17 yrs old)
A minor’s licence is available to to those individuals who are 12 to 17 years old, (who have, with written parental or legal guardian consent, successfully completed the CFSC and exam) and permits the borrowing of non-restricted firearms (ordinary rifles and shotguns) for the following activities:
- target practice
- organized shooting competitions
- being instructed in the use of firearms
More information regarding Minor Licences can be found here.
Minor’s Licence Applications are provided by the Chief Firearms Office only. Contact Cathy at the Chief Firearms Office. 1-800-731-4000, ext. 7548.
NOTE: Students under the age of 18; Effective April 18, 2016:
As per the Ontario CFO (Chief Firearms Office) guidelines regarding students under the age of 18 as it pertains to the Restricted Course. (handguns)
Students under the age of 18 cannot take the CRFSC course (handguns) for credit and are prohibited from taking the CRFSC exam.
This means that students under the age of 18, provided they have successfully completed the CFSC and exam, (proof required) may, with written consent, from their parent or legal guardian, register in the CRFSC for ‘educational purposes only‘ but are not permitted to take the CRFSC exam. They will then be required to re-take the CRFSC course and then take the exam, when they turn 18.
Please consider this if you are registering any students under the age of 18.
Canadian Firearms Safety Course & Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course
“Understanding Firearms – How they Work – How to Safely Use Them”
Both the CanadianFirearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) are designed to assist you in developing the knowledge and skills essential to become a safe firearms handler.
Through discussion, demonstration and a series of practical exercises each student will be introduced to:
- The various types of non-restricted firearms.
- [pump, break, semi auto, bolt and lever rifles & shotguns]
- The various types of restricted firearms. [handguns]
- [Single action Semi Automatics, Single & Double action revolvers]
- Various types of ammunition. (Rimfire, centrefire, & shotshells)
- Safe firearm handling, both in the field and at the range.
- Safe loading and unloading methods.
- Safe storage, transport and display methods.
- Canadian Firearm Laws & Regulations.
The CFSC and the CRFSC are combined together ‘back to back’ as either a weekend or weekday course.
Weekend CFSC/CRFSC ‘Back to Back’ Firearm Course
The CFSC and CRFSC weekend course runs Friday evening, from 6:30pm to 10:00pm and then Saturday from 8:30am to 4:30pm to complete the CFSC. The CRFSC begins Sunday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Exams are conducted immediately following each course.
As class size is limited to ensure an excellent learning environment, early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Weekday CFSC/CRFSC ‘Back to Back’ Group Firearm Course
The CFSC and CRFSC are offered ‘back to back’ over a 3-day weekday session but for Private Group sessions only.
The CFSC begins Monday evening from 6:30pm to 10:00pm and then Tuesday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The CRFSC begins Wednesday at 8:30am and finishes 4:30 pm. Exams are conducted immediately following each course. Alternative days of the week can be arranged, Please call for details.
Note: Minimum Class size: 4 students; As a minimum class size must be maintained, all group courses are final sale.
Please call to arrange for your group.
CFO Directive regarding ‘Back to Back’ CFSC/CRFSC and exams.
All CFSC and CRFSC exams must be conducted in one of either of Canada’s official languages. Translators are not permitted. As such, Firearm Safety Canada’s exams will be conducted in English.
All students when taking a ‘back to back’ CFSC and CRFSC, shall successfully complete all aspects of the CFSC prior to commencing the CRFSC, including the CFSC written and practical testing. The CRFSC shall not commence on the same day that the CFSC, including all testing, concludes.
As such, if a student fails the CFSC exam, then they are prohibited from attending the CRFSC on the following day.
To help insure your success, students are strongly encouraged to study the CFSC textbook prior to their classroom participation.
CRFSC Restricted Firearm Upgrade Course
The “Restricted Firearm Upgrade Course” is for those individuals who already have their non restricted PAL and wish to upgrade their firearms licence to include restricted firearms. The course is a one day course, usually on a Saturday or Sunday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm with exam following.
If you are interested in upgrading your firearms licence, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) to let us know. We will add you to our priority class list and notify you by email when a course date has been set.
Weekday/Weekend CFSC only Firearm Course
We also offer the CFSC alone, for those individuals that want a Firearms Licence that is limited to non restricted firearms only.
If you are interested in such a licence, send us an email (email@example.com ) to let us know. We will add you to our CFSC ONLY list and notify you by email when a course date has been set.
Private CFSC only Group sessions are available as well. However, a Minimum Class size of 4 students is required and as a minimum class size must be maintained, all group courses are final sale. Please call to arrange for your group.
Weekday: The CFSC begins Monday 9:00am to 4:30pm and then Tuesday from 9:00am to 12:00 noon. The CFSC exam then follows after a lunch break. Alternative days of the week can be arranged, please call for details.
Weekend: The CFSC weekend course begins Saturday from 9:00am to 4:30pm and then Sunday from 9:00am to 12:00noon. The CFSC exam then follows after a lunch break.