Possession Acquisition Licence (PAL)
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.
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 Cheryl at the Chief Firearms Office. 1-800-731-4000 ext. 7529.
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 Canadian Firearms 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 & Double 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 group 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 4:00pm to complete the CFSC. The CRFSC begins Sunday from 8:30am to 3:30pm. 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 on Monday from 8:30am to 5:30pm and then Tuesday from 8:30am to 10:30am. The CRFSC begins Wednesday at 8:30am and finishes 3:30 pm. Examinations follow the courses in each case. 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
From time to time, depending on demand, we offer the “Restricted Firearm Upgrade Course” for those individuals who already have their non restricted PAL and wish to upgrade their firearms licence to include restricted firearms. 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.
In addition, included with all our courses.
CFSC/CRFSC Course Folder:
1) Firearms Licence Application form (PAL), Photo sticker and envelope, or click here now to download your PAL application.
2) RCMP Business card and pamphlet on Safe Storage, Display and Transport of firearms.
3) Firearm Licence photograph (taken at the course on Friday evening)
4) Practice tests, to help you learn and give you feedback on how you’re doing throughout the course.