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National Recreational Licensing System

Service standards

Performance targets

For each authorization, the target for achieving the corresponding standard is set as follows:

Performance results
Standards Target 2017 2018 2019
Access to National Recreational Licensing System, (which issues tidal waters sport fishing licences), online portal provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 98% 98% 99% 99%
Phone and email inquiries responded to within 5 business days. 90% 99% 99% 99%

Applying for a tidal waters sport fishing license

Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences can be obtained online through the National Recreational Licensing System, which gives step by step guidance on how to obtain a licence.

More information on recreational licensing is available online.

In order to print a licence on a personal computer, you will need a printer with 8.5 x 11 letter-sized paper, Adobe Reader, a compatible web browser, and a valid credit or debit card for fee payment.

** Apply outside peak periods to avoid potential system delays. The best time to access the National Recreational Licensing System is outside the following peak periods: every day from 12-3pm; every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; April 1st of each year; and anytime there is a major fishery opening.

Licences can also be purchased through Independent Access Providers.  A list of current service providers and their locations may be found online.

Service feedback

Feedback on these service standards should be directed to:
Client Support, National Recreational Licensing System
Toll-Free Telephone: 1-877-535-7307
Email: fishing.peche@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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