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PAL Courses in New Westminster and Vancouver at the JIBC

PAL Courses are available at the Justice Institute of British Columbia to services New Westminster, Vancouver and surrounding areas.

Address715 McBride Blvd, New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4
https://bcfirearmsacademy.ca/events/category/new-westminster-jibc/
Can you get a PAL firearms license with a criminal record?

In many circumstances yes.  BC Firearms Academy can’t determine your eligibility.  To get an official answer call the Canadian Firearm Program and ask 1-800-731-4000.

PAL Courses in Vancouver & Burnaby 

PAL Courses in Vancouver & Burnaby

PAL Courses are held at BC Firearms Academy

3229 Fraser St

Vancouver, British Columbia

V5V 4B8
PAL Courses in Abbotsford & Chilliwack

PAL Courses in Abbotsford & Chilliwack

PAL Courses are held at the Cabelas Abbotsford

1818 McCallum Rd.

Abbotsford, British Columbia
V2S 0H9 Map & Directions

Firearms Program Provincial Contact Information

Firearms Program Provincial Contact Information

Contact a Chief Firearms Officer

1-800-731-4000 (for Canada and the United States)

506-624-6626 (for all countries outside of Canada and the United States)

Province/TerritoryAddress
Alberta and Northwest TerritoriesChief Firearms Officer
701-10065 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5J 3B1

Mailing Address:
11140 109 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T5G 2T4

Fax number: 780-495-7970

British Columbia and YukonChief Firearms Officer
14200 Green Timbers Way
Mailstop #501
Surrey, BC
V3T 6P3

Fax: 778-290-6174

Manitoba and NunavutChief Firearms Officer
Unit 1, 1680 Ellice Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
R3H 0Z2

Fax: 204-984-0670

New BrunswickChief Firearms Officer
Department of Justice and Public Safety
PO Box 6000
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1

Fax: 506-457-3521

Newfoundland and LabradorChief Firearms Officer
7 Pippy Place
P.O. Box 8218
St. John’s, NL
A1B 3N4

Fax: 709-772-3202

Nova ScotiaChief Firearms Officer
Public Safety and Security Division
P.O. Box 7
Halifax, NS
B3J 2L6

Fax: 902-424-4308

OntarioChief Firearms Officer
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
50 Andrew Street South, Suite 201
Orillia, ON
L3V 7T5

Mailing Address:
777 Memorial Avenue
Orillia, ON
L3V 7V3

Fax number: 705-329-5623

Prince Edward IslandChief Firearms Officer
Department of Environment, Labour and Justice
161 Maypoint Road
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7N8

Fax: 902-368-5198

QuebecChief Firearms Officer
Sûreté du Québec
Bureau du contrôle des armes à feu et des explosifs
1701 Parthenais Street, Office 10.07
Montreal, QC
H2K 3S7

Fax: 514-496-4653 or 1-877-335-4653

SaskatchewanChief Firearms Officer
Room 310, 1783 Hamilton Street
Regina, SK
S4P 2B6

Fax: 306-780-7400

There is a Chief Firearms Officer for each Province and Territory. The Chief Firearms Officers are responsible for the decision-making and administrative work related to licences, authorizations to transport and authorizations to carry, and transfers of firearms by individuals and businesses.

This involves determining an applicant’s eligibility and either issuing, refusing to issue, renewing or revoking the licence, authorization to transport, carry, transfer or sponsor. It also involves setting conditions on these documents.

The Chief Firearms Officers also designate instructors for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course.

Firearms Program Provincial Contact Information

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BC Firearm Academy

604-592-2410

http://bcfirearmsacademy.ca

What are the steps to getting my FWID once I have completed my CORE?

Step 1: BCWF Step 2: Front Counter BC

After completing your CORE Hunter Education course, you must deliver your course reports to the BCWF.  The BCWF will issue a graduation certificate which must be delivered to a Service BC or Front Counter BC location.

 

Step #1 BCWF

101-9706 188th Street, Surrey, BC  V4N 3M2

Phone: 604-882-9988  Toll Free: 1-888-881-2293  Fax: 604-882-9933

Website

Step # 2 FrontCounter BC Surrey

Suite 200, 10428 153rd Street, Surrey, BC V3R 1E1

Toll-free: 1-877-855-3222

Website

Where do I take my CORE graduation certificate to get my FWID?

Take the graduation certificate to a FrontCounter BC location:

FrontCounter BC Surrey

Suite 200, 10428 153rd Street
Surrey, BC
V3R 1E1
Website

Phone

Toll-free: 1-877-855-3222
From outside North America: ++1-778-372-0729
(Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4: 30 pm)

Email
[email protected]

In Person
Come and visit one of our many locations across BC

All FrontCounter BC Locations

Is their a new CFSC or CRFSC manual for 2017 or 2018 CFSC?

No, The latest edition of the CFSC manual was published by the CFP in 2014Here is a link to the 2014 edition.   It’s also worth mentioning for people searching for the newest edition of the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety manuals that the 2014 edition combines both the CFSC and the CRFSC course into a single book or .pdf.

BC Firearms Academy has also created a pre-study guide which includes practice tests to help you fully prepare for your course. You can take the course free here.

Firearms & CORE Hunter Courses - Buy a gun in Canada

Free Canadian Firearms Safety Course Quiz Non-restricted

How do I renew my PAL & Firearms Licences?

THE EASIEST WAY IS TO RENEW YOUR FIREARMS LICENSE IS ONLINE. 

Renew your PAL online RCMP

 

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/online_en-ligne/firearms-licence-permis-armes-a-feu-eng.htm The easiest way is to renew your firearms license is online. 

 

 

The easiest way is to renew your firearms license is online. 

The easiest way is to renew your firearms license is online.

Do you have a list of CORE examiners for BC and the Lower-mainland?

Yes,

Core Examiner List 2018 Core Examiners in The Lower-mainland Where can I take my CORE exam

Burnaby
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

Abbotsford
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

Coquitlam
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

Delta
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

Langley
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

Maple Ridge
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

New Westminster
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

North Vancouver
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

Pitt Meadows
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

Port Coquitlam
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

Port Moody
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

Richmond
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

Surrey
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

Vancouver
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

West Vancouver
BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

White Rock

BC Firearms Academy www.bcfirearmsacademy.ca 604-592-2410

CORE Course Challenge and Hunting Licence Exam Challenge Abby

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CURRENT CORE EXAMINER LIST

The CORE Graduate Certificate is required in order to apply for the BC Resident Hunter Number Card. The CORE Graduate Certificate is obtained by completing the CORE Program. The CORE Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.

CORE Examiners operate on their own schedules and are appointed under the Hunter Safety Training Regulation. The CORE Examiners provide the written exam and practical firearm-handling exam. Click here for a list of examiners.

Potential CORE students should contact the CORE Examiners on this list to obtain a mutually agreeable arrangement for testing or to inquire about the availability of optional instruction in CORE subject material. Please contact the examiner prior to 9:00 PM.

Where can I find free practice exams and study material for the CFSC and the CRFSC?

BC Firearms Academy offers a full selection of study material for the both the CFSC and the CRFSC.  Here are some links to help you get started.

Full firearms safety course study guide: Click Here

CFSC and CRFSC Flash Cards: Click Here

List of additional online quizzes: Click Here 

 

What does PAL mean?

PAL stands for Possession and Acquisition License.  This is the licences required to purchase and own firearms in Canada.

PAL = Possession and Acquisition License

What does CRFSC stand for?

CRFSC stand for Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety Course.

CRFSC = Canadian Firearm Safety Course

What does CFSC stand for?

CFSC stand for Canadian Firearm Safety Course.

CFSC = Canadian Firearm Safety Course

What are the Exams ( tests ) that are required to pass the Canadian Firearms & Restricted Firearms Safety Course CFSC / CRFSC?

There are written and practical components and you need to score 80% on each to pass.

The written exams have a mixture of 50 multiple choice and true/false questions.

In the practical test for the non-restricted, you will handle three of the five common action types (i.e., hinge, pump, bolt, lever, and semi-automatic). In the practical test for the restricted, you will handle three of the four common action types (i.e., Single action revolver, single action semi-automatic, double action revolver, and double action semi-automatic)

You will have to demonstrate that you know how to do routine things such as:

  • prove the firearms safe
  • common shooting stances
  • loading and unloading
  • range procedures
  • safe handling
  • storage and transport requirements

Tests:

Students Need 80% or better on 4 tests.

  • 50 Multiple Choice Questions Non-restricted
  • 50 Multiple Choice Questions Restricted
  • Practical handling of Non-restricted firearms
  • Practical handling of Restricted firearms
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Giveaway Terms & Conditions

Entry Frequency: 1 Entry Per Review

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Not open to: QC Residents
Restrictions: Age of majority, Canadian
Giveaway endsEvery 100 entries

 

Enter for your chance to win one $100 Cabela’s gift card.
Your email address will not be published. Some restrictions apply. See the giveaway rules and regulations.

 

Rules and Regulations

 

1. The Give Away Period

a. The giveaway entry period commences November 27, 2017, and concludes at the discretion of BC Firearms Academy.

b. Hosted by BC Firearms Academy, not representing Cabela’s Abbotsford in Canada and it is subject to the following general rules and regulations.

2. Eligibility

a. The Giveaway is open to legal residents of Canada, excluding residents of the Province of Quebec, who, as at the start of the Giveaway Period, have reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence. Employees of Cabela’s and any of its subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising, promotion or any other agencies or entities involved with this Promotion, and members of their immediate families are not eligible to enter the Giveaway or win any prize.

 

3. How to participate

a. No purchase necessary.

b. During the Giveaway Period, visit www.bcfirearmsacademy and complete all mandatory fields of the online contact us form including links to your reviews and click on “submit” for one (1) entry into the giveaway per review on (1) google+, (1) Yelp, (1) Facebook.  Maximum of six (6).

c. Failure to complete the form may result in disqualification to be determined in giveaway Sponsor’s sole discretion.  This is an Online only Giveaway; no other means of submission will be accepted.

d. Only one (6) entries per person during the Giveaway Period is permitted. By submitting an entry, entrants agree to be bound by these official giveaway Rules and any other applicable terms of use from the giveaway Sponsors’.

e. Any attempt or suspected attempt to submit more than one (6) Entry and/or obtain additional participation than permitted by using multiple email addresses or a pen name, or any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed or any other like Entry methods not authorized by these rules shall be deemed as tampering and will void all of said Entries.

4. Winner Selection

a. Once 100 entries have been reached, one eligible entrant will be randomly selected by BC Firearms Academy, as the potential winner of the prize, as described.

b. The potential winner will be contacted by an employee within five (5) business days of the draw by phone and/or email (the method selected at giveaway Sponsor’s sole discretion), as provided by the entrant in his or her Giveaway entry form. The Giveaway Sponsors are not responsible for false, incorrect, changed, incomplete or illegible contact information. Notification is deemed to have occurred immediately upon sending an email or placing a phone call.

c. The potential Prize winner has 7 business days after being contacted to reply

d. The potential Prize winner is found to be ineligible, declines to accept the Prize or is unable to be contacted (including failing to return phone calls or emails) within five (5) business days of the draw may be required to forfeit the Prize and another eligible entrant may be selected at giveaway Sponsors’ sole discretion.

5. The prize

a. One gift card for $100.00 Canadian dollars

b. Using this card issued by Cabela’s Retail Canada Inc. constitutes acceptance of these terms. Balance may be checked or used to redeem for goods/services through Cabela’s Canadian Retail stores, calling 8003265.6245 or visiting www.cabelas.ca. Safeguard this card. Lost, stolen or damaged cards only replaced with valid proof or as required by applicable law. May not be exchanged for cash except as required by applicable law. Not a credit/debit card, has no implied warranties, is not rechargeable and may not be used for payment on a credit account. No fees/expiration. Cabela’s Retail Canada Inc. reserves the right to change these terms at any time.

 

6. Deadline for claiming the prize

a. Following confirmation as the Prize winner, in accordance with the Giveaway Rules, the selected entrant needs to fill in a form and return by either fax or email to confirm their shipping address. The potential Prize winner who fails either to inform the Giveaway Sponsors of his/her inability to claim the Prize before the deadline, as instructed, may be required to forfeit the Prize and another eligible entrant may be selected at Giveaway Sponsors’ sole discretion.

6a. Conditions for claiming the prize

The selected winner must correctly demonstrate completion of a skill testing question in order to claim the prize.

7. Odds of winning

a. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Entries received during the Giveaway Period.

8. No Representations or Warranties

a. The prize winners understand and acknowledge that he or she will not seek reimbursement or pursue any legal or equitable remedy from the giveaway Sponsors if the prize is in any way unsatisfactory to the winners.

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND DISCLAIMERS

a. BY ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY , ENTRANTS AGREE TO BE BOUND BY OFFICIAL RULES, AND AGREE TO RELEASE  BC FIREARMS ACADEMY AND MY PASSION MEDIA, EACH OF THEIR EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATED COMPANIES, CONTROLLED CORPORATIONS, ADVERTISING OR PROMOTION AGENCIES, SPONSORS, SUPPLIERS OF MATERIALS, PRIZES AND SERVICES RELATED TO THE GIVEAWAY, OR ANY OTHER PERSON DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE HOLDING OF THEGIVEAWAY (“RELEASED PARTIES”) FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY WHATSOEVER, FOR LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND THAT RESULT FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION OR USE OF ANY PRIZE OR FROM THE ENTRY OR THE ATTEMPTED ENTRY IN THE GIVEAWAY. THE RELEASED PARTIES ASSUME NO LIABILITY FOR LOST OR MISDIRECTED ENTRIES, WHETHER DUE TO TECHNICAL OR COMPUTER MALFUNCTIONS OR OTHERWISE OR ANY OTHER TECHNICAL OR COMPUTER MALFUNCTIONS, FRAUD, OR OTHER ERRORS.

b. BC FIREARMS ACADEMY RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION TO CANCEL, TERMINATE OR SUSPEND THE GIVEAWAY IN ITS ENTIRETY, IN THE EVENT THAT THE WEBSITE IS INFECTED BY A VIRUS, A SOFTWARE BUG, THE WEBSITE IS HACKED, UNAUTHORIZED HUMAN INTERVENTION OCCURS OR THE INTEGRITY, ADMINISTRATION, IMPARTIALITY OR NORMAL OPERATION OF THE GIVEAWAY IS COMPROMISED IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER.

c. NONE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION WILL EVER BE SHARED, RENTED, SOLD OR OTHERWISE RELEASED TO ANY THIRD PARTY BY  BC FIREARMS ACADEMY.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED OR ADMINISTERED BY, OR ASSOCIATED WITH, FACEBOOK. THE GIVEAWAY HOST HEREBY RELEASES FACEBOOK OF ANY LIABILITY.


10. GENERAL

a. Entrants, by entering the giveaway, agree to abide by the Official Rules, and agree that the decisions of BC Firearms Academy are final and without appeal with respect to all aspects of the Giveaway including, without limitation, the eligibility and/or the disqualification of Entries.

b. All Entries are subject to audit by of BC Firearms Academy. Any Entry that is incomplete, fraudulent, copied, received late, discriminatory, defamatory, offensive, obscene, vulgar or against good morals or prejudicial to BC Firearms Academy, its subsidiaries, affiliated companies, parent corporations, its employees, agents, representatives, directors and officers, its advertising and promotion agencies or any other person related in any manner whatsoever to BC Firearms Academy. will automatically be rejected and will not be eligible for the Prize.

c.BC Firearms Academy. is not responsible for any changes or effects caused by or to the Entrant’s computer system as a result of submitting electronic Entries.

d. All Entries are the property of BC Firearms Academy. No responsibility will be taken for Entries lost, delayed, incomplete, damaged, stolen, undelivered or misdirected, all of which are void, or that cannot be processed due to a phone, network, electronic, or computer hardware or software failure, or technical failures of any kind.

e. By entering this giveaway, Entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the Released Parties from any and all liability for any injury, loss or damage of any kind to persons, including death, and property, whether direct or indirect, which may be due or arise out of participation in the giveaway or any portion thereof, or the acceptance, use/misuse or possession of prizes, or any prize-related travel or activity.

f. Any prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, non-refundable, has no cash-surrender value, and must be accepted as awarded with no substitutions. BC Firearms Academy reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to substitute and/or modify any prize with (a) prize(s) of equal or greater value for any reason.

g. Subject to applicable law BC Firearms Academy. reserves the right to terminate or withdraw this giveaway at any time, for any reason whatsoever.

h. This giveaway is subject to all federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulation.

i. If any provision in the Official Rules herein is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, unenforceable or void, then such provision will be null and void, however, all other provisions herein shall remain valid and enforceable to the full extent permitted by law.

11. PERSONAL INFORMATION

a. When entering the giveaway, the Entrant agrees that his or her personal information collected by BC Firearms Academy shall be used in accordance with applicable law in order for BC Firearms Academy or its agents to contact the Entrants for the purposes of the Giveaway. In compliance with the Personal Data Protection Legislation in force, Entrants expressly consent the incorporation of their Personal Information into BC Firearms Academy database and its treatment for the purposes hereof. BC Firearms Academy has adopted the technical and organizational measures necessary to ensure the security of Personal Information and to prevent their alteration, loss, unauthorized processing or access. At any time you may revoke your consent and exercise your rights of objection, access, rectification, and cancellation by addressing our Compliance Officer.

b. You may obtain any information about the giveaway such as the name of the Winner, or a copy of the Official Rules at BC Firearms Academy.ca

c. Provision of personal data to BC Firearms Academy.:If an Entrant types ‘yes’ in the applicable box on the entry form for this v, the entrant agrees to receive electronic messages from BC Firearms Academy containing information and offers with respect to products and services that may be of interest to them, including notification of sales, special events, and store promotions. Such Entrants may withdraw their consent at any time by selecting the unsubscribe option within such electronic messages.

 

What are some jobs that require a Possession Acquisition License or PAL?

CAREERS THAT REQUIRE A POSSESSION AND ACQUISITION LICENSE ( PAL )

Once you have completed your Training with BC Firearm Academy here are just some of the job opportunities and companies you can apply for: Click Here for More

Canada Border Services AgencyMeaningful work helping people and protecting the integrity of Canada’s Customs and Immigration programs. Excellent training programs and diverse career opportunities.

Brinks Armed Guards/ Drivers/ MessengersBC Firearm Academy offers the federal firearms license required in order to work in the armored car & security industry.

Cabela’s Firearms InspectorFirearms Inspector is responsible for assuring that all firearms entering the store are secured in accordance with established policies and procedures. This position requires the ability to safely handle firearms and adhere to provincial, federal, and company firearms regulations.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Physical ScientistBC Firearm Academy provides federal firearms licensing as well as WorkSafe compliant live-fire training that meets Fisheries and Oceans Canada standards.

BassPro Hunting Department Sales AssociateBC Firearm Academy offers the federal firearms license required in order to work in hunting department of BasPro

Heritage / Museum CuratorAcquisition of new objects, maintaining registration, cataloging and artifact record keeping, research regarding artifacts and archival materials, maintaining and controlling the conservation of the collection, exhibition of the collection, and developing and maintaining partnerships with stakeholders.

Canada Parks Resource Management Officer (Human-Wildlife Conflict)The Human-Wildlife Conflict Specialists are responsible for cooperating to deliver a safe and efficient human-wildlife conflict management program.

Cash Messenger/Armed Guard – Casual As a Cash Services Messenger, you will be in charge of the safe transportation of our customer’s values. We are looking for a team player who has a great sense of observation and is customer service oriented.

Am I required to bring anything to the CORE Hunter Education Course?

Yes,

Please Bring:
  • Writing material ( Pen & Note Paper)
  • Government Issued ID & PAL
  • CFSC Proof of completion if applicable – A PAL is not sufficient
Am I required to bring anything to the Canadian Firearms Safety Course?

Yes,

Please Bring:
  • Writing material ( Pen & Note Paper)
  • Government Issued ID
Is there live fire or shooting in the Canadian Firearms Safety Course?

No,

The CFSC & CRFSC focuses on safe handling and the laws surrounding storage, transportation, and display of firearms.  If you would like to have some range training please book a live fire session. HERE

Are firearms and ammunition used during the Canadian Firearms Safety?

Yes,

All the firearms and ammunition used in the CFSC & CRFSC have all been deactivated or disabled.  That means they are considered training aids and can no longer fire.

Does BC Firearms Academy offer gift certificates?

Yes,

Firearms and CORE Hunting courses make amazing gifts.  Contact us for more details. HERE

Can I take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course even if I have no knowledge or experiences with firearms?

Yes,

The course is designed as a first step. in some cases, those with little to no experience do better during the course than those with a lot of experience.  If you would like to prepare BC Firearms Academy has provided a free study guide and some fun quizzes to get you started. Take a look HERE

How many attempts do I get to pass my Wilderness WATC Proof of Proficiency ( PoP )?

2,

An applicant can only attempt a maximum of two retests for each shooting distance.

How is the Wilderness WATC Proof of Proficiency ( PoP ) scored?

SCORING:

The administrator must indicate the total number of hits for each shooting position and distance. A hit is awarded when a round lands on the designated scoring area of the target. The designated scoring area is defined as being a circle with a radius of 9 inches or 23 cm.

The applicant must achieve 15 hits for every 18 rounds fired for each shooting position.

If an applicant fails to achieve the minimum pass mark, the applicant must be retested for the failed shooting position at all three distances

The administrator must submit all POP assessment results – pass or fail – to the Chief Firearms Officer of their jurisdiction. 

What dose the Wilderness WATC Proof of Proficiency ( PoP ) consist of?

Assessment:

The applicant must shoot in both standing and kneeling positions for each distance (5, 10 and 15 meters).

For each firing position at each distance, the applicant must discharge six (6) rounds, unsupported, within 20 seconds, in one continuous motion.

What holster do I need to complete the Wilderness WATC Proof of Proficiency ( PoP )?

HOLSTERS:

Holsters must be designed to be worn on a belt around the waist, outside of clothing and have at least one strap with a snap closure that retains the firearm securely in the holster.

The holster must be designed to completely cover the trigger.

A holster and a holster retention device must be used during the POP.

Shoulder and cross-draw holsters are not permitted.

Do I need to use the same ammunition that I will be carrying in the wilderness when I complete the Wilderness WATC Proof of Proficiency ( PoP ) ?

Yes,

AMMUNITION:

The type of ammunition used during the POP must have a similar muzzle velocity, caliber, and bullet weight as the ammunition that the applicant intends to use for wilderness protection.

Do I need my own Firearm to complete the Wilderness WATC Proof of Proficiency ( PoP ) ?

Yes,

FIREARMS:

• The firearm used during the POP must be the same firearm the applicant intends to use for wilderness protection.

• An applicant can only apply for a maximum of two firearms to be listed on their Authorization to

Carry (ATC) and a POP must be completed for each firearm.

 

 

 

 

Is there a fee to apply for the WATC?

Yes,

There is a non-refundable fee of $40 that must be paid to the RCMP CFP to apply for an ATC.

Who can carry a handgun in the wilderness and apply for a WATC?

To be authorized to carry a handgun or restricted long gun for a lawful occupational purpose, such as trapping or working in a wilderness area, an individual must be a Canadian resident, have a firearms license with restricted privileges and obtain an Authorization to Carry (ATC) permit from the CFP.

I lost my photo card. What are the photo requirements of my PAL application?

You are not required to submit a passport type photograph or a photograph that has been taken by a professional photographer. However, your photograph must meet the following criteria: Show a full front view of your head and shoulders. Use a plain, contrasting background without shadows.

  • Do not wear a hat or sunglasses.
  • Your eyes should be clearly visible and should not appear to be red.
  • The photo should have been taken within the last twelve (12) months.
  • Size:
    • The photo should be no larger than 45 mm x 57 mm (1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″).
    • Your head in the photograph must be at least 30 mm (1 3/16″) high.

The photo must be original, not taken from an existing photo. Digitally produced photos are acceptable provided all other requirements are met. Cut the photograph to fit the size requirements before sending it to us.

Photo Instructions PAL Application

What do I need to send to the RCMP Firearms Program when I apply for my license?

Before mailing your application, have you sure you have included:

  • attached your photo
  • enclosed the application fee
  • attached a separate sheet of paper with additional information with your name and license number if necessary
  • signed and dated the declaration
  • included your course reports ( proof of completion)
Where do I mail my firearms license application when it’s completed?

Mail your completed application form and all attachments to:

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

P.O. Box 1200

Miramichi, N.B.

E1N 5Z3

Where can I get a copy of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and Restricted Firearms Safety Course manual?

Here is a link to the manuals.  BC Firearms Academy has also created a pre-study guide which includes practice tests to help you fully prepare for your course. You can take the course free here.

Firearms & CORE Hunter Courses - Buy a gun in Canada

Free Canadian Firearms Safety Course Quiz Non-restricted

 

Free Restricted Canadian Firearms Safety Course Quiz Restricted

Can you provide a plain English guide to the Canadian firearms laws?

Yes,

The RCMP has made the material available.  BC Firearms Academy has it available here as well as below.

 

Canadian Firearms Laws Plain English Guide BC Firearms Academy

 

A plain English guide to the firearms laws in Canada

A plain English guide to the firearms laws in Canada

Do you have a list of the ranges in BC?

Yes,

A list of shooting ranges in bc can be found here as well as the map.

111 MILE ROD & GUN CLUB
Contact Name: Elizabeth Meyer
Address: COMP 11 McMILLAN ROAD
City: LONE BUTTE, British Columbia
Postal Code: VOK 1X0
Phone: 250-395-5282

ABBOTSFORD FISH & GAME
City: Abbotsford, British Columbia
Postal Code: V2S 4N9

AGASSIZ HARRISON ROD & GUN CLUB
Contact Name: Dave Ryan
Address: PO BOX 741
City: Agassiz, British Columbia
Postal Code: V0M 1A0

Agassiz-Harrison Rod & Gun Club
Address: PO Box 841
City: Agassiz, British Columbia
Postal Code: V0M 1A0

ALBERNI FISH & GAME CLUB.
Contact Name: Darlene Clark
Address: 7715 Sportsman Rd
City: PORT ALBERNI, British Columbia
Postal Code: V9Y 7M1
Phone: (250) 724-1214

BRIDGE RIVER ROD & GUN CLUB
Contact Name: Cris Martin
Address: GENERAL DELIVERY
City: GOLD BRIDGE, British Columbia
Postal Code: V0K 1P0

British Columbia Rifle Association
Contact Name: P Dobell
Address: PO Box 2418 Sardis Stn. Main
City: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Postal Code: V2R 1A7
Phone: 604-858-3550

BRITISH COLUMBIA TARGET SPORTS ASSOCIATION
Address: P.O Box 496
City: Kamloops, British Columbia
Postal Code: V2C 5L2

BRITISH COLUMBIA TRAP ASSN
Club Number: 60000
Contact Name: Robert White
Address: 81 West 45th Ave
City: Vancouver, British Columbia
Postal Code: V5Y 2V8

BULKLEY VALLEY ROD & GUN CLUB
Contact Name: Peter Ziegler
Address: P.O. BOX 2976
City: Smithers, British Columbia
Postal Code: V0J 2N0
Phone: 250-847-5284

CAMPBELL RIVER FISH & GAME CLUB
Contact Name: Joe Strachan
City: Campbell River, British Columbia
Phone: (250)923-7567

CAMPBELL RIVER GUN CLUB
Contact Name: Steve Payne
City: Campbell River, British Columbia
Phone: (250)923-2649

CHERRYVILLE PRACTICAL SHOOTERS
Contact Name: Ray Flecher
Phone: (250)547-6378
COLWOOD PPC CLUB
Address: P.O Box 48021
City: Victoria, British Columbia
Postal Code: V8Z 7H5

COURNTEY FISH & GAME
City: Comox Valley, British Columbia
COURTENAY FISH & GAME CLUB
City: Courtenay, British Columbia

COWICHAN FISH & GAME ASSOCIATION
Contact Name: Mike Blasko
City: Cowichan, British Columbia
Phone: (250)748-6136

COWICHAN FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION
Contact Name: MIKE FLATT
Address: 4295 ROBERTSON ROAD
City: DUNCAN, British Columbia
Postal Code: V9L6S8
Phone: 250-748-0319

CRANBROOK DISTRICT ROD & GUN CLUB
Address: P.O Box 333
City: Cranbrook, British Columbia
Postal Code: V1C 3P8
Phone: (250)489-1350

CUMBERLAND FISH & GAME ASSOCIATION
Contact Name: Greg Meynert
Phone: (250)338-5775

DAWSON CREEK SPORTSMAN’S CLUB
Contact Name: Peter Lavendier
City: Dawson Creek, British Columbia

DVC Ventures
Address: 201-1655 Broadway St
City: Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
Postal Code: V3C 2M7
Phone: 604-941-6933

Fort Nelson Rod and Gun Club
Contact Name: Robert Paddon
Address: PO Box 390
City: Fort Nelson, British Columbia
Postal Code: V0C 1R0
Phone: 250-775-6024

GOLD RIVER ROD AND GUN CLUB
City: Gold River, British Columbia

KELOWNA AND DISTRICT FISH AND GAME
Contact Name: Lyle Howlett
Address: 4041 Casorso Rd.
City: Kelowna, British Columbia
Postal Code: V1W 4N6
Phone: 250-764-7558

KELOWNA PRACTICAL SHOOTERS
Contact Name: Nick King
City: Kelowna, British Columbia
Phone: (250)768-4092

Kimberley Trap & Skeet Club
Contact Name: Ron Kerr
Address: 712 – 301 Street
City: Kimberley, British Columbia
Postal Code: V1A 3K3
Phone: 250-432-0002

LAKE WINDERMERE DISTRICT ROD AND GUN CLUB
Address: P.O Box 242
City: Invermere, British Columbia
Postal Code: V0A 1K0
Phone: (250)342-3114

LANGLEY ROD & GUN CLUB
Address: 3854-208th Street
City: Langley, British Columbia
Postal Code: V3A 4X7
Phone: (604)534-3525

LONE BUTTE PRACTICAL SHOOTERS
Contact Name: Brian Williams
City: 100 Mile House Area, British Columbia
Phone: (250)395-4674

MISSION & DISTRICT ROD & GUN CLUB
Address: 10969 Dewdney Trunk Rd
City: Mission, British Columbia
Postal Code: V2V 4J3
Phone: (604)826-6515

MORICE MOUNTAIN MARKSMEN ASSOCIATION
Contact Name: TERRY CLOSE
Address: PO BOX 487
City: HOUSTON, British Columbia
Postal Code: V0J1Z0
Phone: 250-845-7984

NANAIMO FISH & GAME ASSOCIATION
City: Nanaimo, British Columbia
Phone: (250)754-2846

NICOLA VALLEY ROD & GUN CLUB
Contact Name: Brian Edginton
City: Merrit, British Columbia
Phone: (250)378-9140

North Peace Rod and Gun
Contact Name: Jason Holland
Address: 13300 Sunnyside Drive / PO Box 6435
City: Fort St John, British Columbia
Postal Code: V1J 4H8
Phone: 250-785-9686

North Saanich Rod and Gun Club
Contact Name: John Costin
Address: P.O.Box 2043
City: Sidney, British Columbia
Postal Code: V8L3S3
Phone: (250)655-4780

Parksville Qualicum Fish and Game
City: Parksville, British Columbia
Phone: (250)-951-0717

PENTICTON SHOOTING SPORTS ASSN
Address: P.O Box 442
City: Penticton, British Columbia
Postal Code: V2A 6K6
Phone: (250)493-9282

PITT MEADOWS GUN CLUB
Club Number: 60020
Contact Name: DON UYESUGI
Address: 17428 129TH Ave
City: Coquitlam, British Columbia
Postal Code: V3KY1Z1
Phone: (604)465-5611

PORT COQUITLAM & DISTRICT HUNTING & FISHING CLUB
Contact Name: Murray Gardner
Address: PO Box 78051
City: PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia
Postal Code: V3B 7H5
Phone: (604)942-9736

PRINCE GEORGE ROD & GUN CLUB
Contact Name: Sheldon Clare
Address: P.O Box 924
City: Prince George, British Columbia
Postal Code: V2L 4T7
Phone: 250-563-2804

PRINCE RUPERT ROD & GUN CLUB
Contact Name: Wally Robinson
Phone: (250)628-3203

Princeton Fish and Game Ass’n
Contact Name: Fred Leard
Address: B0x 945
City: Princeton, British Columbia
Postal Code: V0X 1W0
Phone: 250-295-7272

QUESNEL ROD & GUN CLUB
Contact Name: Steve Paul
City: Quesnel, British Columbia
Phone: (250)992-9881

RICHMOND ROD AND GUN CLUB
Address: T.B.A.
City: Richmond, British Columbia
Phone: (604) 278-2142

Ridgedale Rod and Gun Club
Contact Name: Ken
Address: 35606 Harris Road
City: Abbotsford, British Columbia
Phone: (604)826-0552

ROD & GUN CLUB
City: Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Postal Code: V8J 1A2
Phone: (250)624-2777

Semiahmoo Fish and Game
Contact Name: Ron Slee
Address: 1284 184th St
City: Surrey, British Columbia
Postal Code: V3S 9R9
Phone: 604-535-8366

South Vancouver Island Rangers
Address: 3498 Luxton Rd.
City: Victoria, British Columbia
Postal Code: V9C 2Z5
Phone: (250) 642-3525

SQUAMISH VALLEY ROD & GUN CLUB
City: Squamish, British Columbia

TERRACE ROD AND GUN CLUB
Address: 3512 Rifle Range Road
City: Terrace, British Columbia
Postal Code: V8G 0A3
Phone: (250)635-7330

VANCOUVER GUN CLUB
Contact Name: Bill Crosby
Address: 7340 Sidaway Road
City: Richmond, British Columbia
Postal Code: V6W 1B8
Phone: (604) 278-0832

VICTORIA FISH & GAME PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION
Contact Name: Robbi Petrie
Address: 700 Holker Pl.
City: Malahat, British Columbia
Postal Code: V8W 2M1
Phone: (250) 858-8342

Victoria Precision Shooting Association
Contact Name: David Brown
Address: 1199 Woodheath Lane
City: Victoria, British Columbia
Postal Code: V8Y2Y4
Phone: (250)658-6571

West Kootenay Marksmen
Contact Name: Colin Kenning
Address: P.O. Box 757
City: Rssland, British Columbia
Postal Code: V0G 1Y0
Phone: 250-362-5048

WILLIAMS LAKE SPORTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION
Contact Name: Wayne Biffert
Address: P.O Box 4097
City: Williams Lake, British Columbia
Postal Code: V2G 2V2
Phone: (250)392-2706

BRANDON GUN CLUB
Address: Hwy #10 South
City: Brandon, Manitoba
Postal Code: R7B 0Z5
Phone: (204)728-4884

Dauphin Handgun Club
Contact Name: Zen
Address: Box 436
City: Dauphin, Manitoba
Postal Code: R7N 2V1
Phone: 2046386972

DAUPHIN TRAP & SKEET CLUB
Contact Name: RALPH NIX
Address: 222 JOHNSON ST
City: DAUPHIN, Manitoba
Postal Code: R7N 2L8
Phone: (204)638-4938
Firing Line Gun Club
Address: 439 Turenne Street
City: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Postal Code: R2J 0S5
Phone: (204)233-4600

GATEWAY GUN CLUB INC
Address: 871 Gateway Road
City: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Postal Code: R2K-3L1
Phone: (204)668-0960

Kergwenan Handgun Club
Contact Name: Leonard
Address: Box 252
City: Ste Rose , Manitoba
Postal Code: R0l 1S0
Phone: 1-204-447-0231

What license or permit do I require to hunt migratory game birds in Canada?

To hunt migratory game birds in Canada, you require a Federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting (MGBH) permit with an affixed Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp. A single federal MGBH permit is required in Canada for hunting in different provinces and territories. It is not transferable and must only be used by the person who completed and signed it. The MGBH permit must be carried with you at all times when hunting or when in possession of migratory game birds in a place other than the holder’s residence. The MGBH permit must be shown to game officers upon request.

In BC,  you are also required to have provincial hunting licenses.  Special area hunting licenses may apply please check the bc hunting and traping synopsis.

Firearms & CORE Hunter Courses - Buy a gun in Canada

I want to have some personal range instruction to improve my shooting or just to be comfortable my first time at the range. Do you offer this?

Yes,

BC Firearms Academy offers many custom live fire packages.  Please look contact us for details or look at our regularly scheduled times.

How do I apply for my Firearms Licence in BC?

In BC, successful CFSC candidates must apply to the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program for their Firearms Licence and must send their Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC PAL) course reports with their applications. The applications (available on the RCMP CFP website, under forms) must also be accompanied by a passport-type photo and processing fee to the RCMP CFP (Nonrestricted only: $60 / Nonrestricted & Restricted: $80). Applicants will have to wait an average of 45 days for the RCMP CFP to process an application or renewal. First-time applicants also have to wait an extra 28 days before they receive their PAL License in the mail. A PAL License is valid for 5 years.

How many times can I retest the CFSC or CRFSC if I am unsuccessful?

1 retest is permitted.

If they fail a re-test, adults are required to complete the course in full. When redoing testing after a failure, both adults and minors must redo the written and practical portions of the testing – not just the portion they failed.

Do I need to redo my test CFSC or CRFSC within 7 Days if I am unsuccessful?

Yes,

The CFSC pr CRFSC tests must be completed within 7 calendar days otherwise the whole course will need to be retaken.

How long do I have to wait in the event that I need to redo a test?

All CFSC, CRFSC and CORE re-tests must wait 24 hours before retesting.

Are Suppressors Legal in Canada?

No,

They should be seen as a safety device to prevent hearing damage, however, at this time they are considered prohibited.

 

Are Fully Automatic Rifles Legal in Canada?

No,

Fully Automatic rifles are prohibited in Canada. There are a few legally licensed owners or gun ranges out there that still have full autos, but they’re pretty rare.

Is there any maximum number of guns I can own?

No,

You can own as many firearms as you would like.

Can I purchase hollow-point handgun ammunition in Canada?

Yes,

Until recently there was a Canada Customs restriction on the IMPORTATION of some types of hollowpoint ammunition. This restriction has been removed and there is now no restriction on the importation or sale of hollowpoint ammunition in Canada.

BC Firearms Academy Refund Policy

Refund Policy:

Payments are due at time of order, taxes are extra. 

All orders placed with BC Firearm Academy Inc. are non-refundable. A minimum notice of two business days (two regular business days Monday to Friday 0900-1700) is required if you are unable to attend a scheduled class. Cancellation or failure to attend a course without 48 hours’ notice will be subject to a 100% short-term cancellation fee. If notice is given prior to 2 business days before the start of your scheduled course, you will receive a credit for the amount paid towards a future course subject to a $100 transfer fee.

Live Fire Refund Policy:

Live fire or custom courses require a minimum of 30 regular business days  Monday to Friday 0900-1700 for full transferability and 15 regular business days for a 50% transfer fee. Cancellation or failure to attend a course without 15 days notice will be subject to a 100% short-term cancellation fee.

ALL COURSES MUST BE PAID FOR PRIOR TO THE COURSE DATE.

I do not want to acquire firearms. Can I keep my POL ( Possession Only License)?

No. The POL is no longer available.

What are the different classes of firearms in Canada?

There are three classes of firearms: non-restricted, restricted and prohibited.  Non-restricted are any rifles and shotguns that are neither restricted nor prohibited. Most common long guns are non-restricted, but there are a few exceptions.

Definition of a Restricted Firearm

According to the Criminal Code, a restricted firearm is:

  • a handgun that is not a prohibited firearm;
  • a semi-automatic, center-fire rifle or shotgun with a barrel length less than 470 mm (18.5 inches) that is not prohibited;
  • a rifle or shotgun that can fire when its overall length is reduced by folding, telescoping or some other means to less than 660 mm (26 inches);
  • any firearm prescribed as restricted (including some long guns).

Prohibited firearms:


 The Criminal Code defines the following firearms as prohibited:

  • automatics, including those that have been converted so that they can only fire one projectile when the trigger is squeezed;
  • handguns with a barrel length of 105 mm (4.1 inches) or less, and handguns that discharge .25 or .32 calibre ammunition, except for a few specific models used in International Shooting Union competitions;.
  • rifles and shotguns that have been altered so that their barrel length is less than 457 mm (about 18 inches) or their overall length is less than 660 mm (about 26 inches); or
  • any firearm prescribed as prohibited – These can be found in the fact sheet listing restricted and prohibited firearms.
What is the difference between a PAL, POL and FAC?

The acronym P.A.L. stands for Possession and Acquisition License. This term is used in place of Firearms Acquisition Certificates or F.A.C..Firearms Acquisition Certificates (FAC) issued under the former law are considered to be licensed. They need to be replaced with a PAL as they have expired. In the early process of the reformed firearms laws in the late 1990’s, the government brought out a POL (Possession Only Licence).  Owners of firearms were able to obtain these to retain their existing firearms but could not purchase any new ones.  These have been phased out and the only people who still have them are individuals who kept them current and did not allow them to expire.  The Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) is the only license currently available to new applicants. It is renewable every five years. Applicants must have passed the Canadian Firearms Safety Course in order to obtain one.  As of September 2, 2015, all persons holding a current POL will automatically be issued a PAL without the requirement of passing an exam.  If your POL has expired, you will be required to take the course.

What happens if I do not renew my licence?

To be able to possess firearms lawfully, a licence authorizing possession of the firearm is required. A registration certificate is required for any restricted or prohibited firearms.

If the firearms licence expires, registration certificates for restricted or prohibited firearms may be revoked. Therefore, it is very important that the licence be renewed before it expires in order to minimize the risk of penalties under the Criminal Code for illegal possession of a firearm.

For those with prohibited firearms, grandfathering privileges to possess those firearms only apply if they continuously hold a registration certificate for those categories of prohibited firearms. To keep the registration certificates they need to keep and renew their licence.

When I renew my Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL), do I need to resend a copy of my safety training certificates?

No,

There is no requirement to resend safety training information when renewing a PAL with the same acquisition privileges. When applying for a licence with new privileges — for example, someone currently licensed only for non-restricted firearms but wishing also to be licensed for restricted firearms — proof of having met the additional safety training requirements is required.

Can I submit a licence application online?

Yes.

By logging into the CFP Individual Web Services, you can renew online. Online renewal assist you with filling in the form accurately and avoiding needless delays resulting from correcting your application. It also allows you to directly submit to the CFP at the touch of a button instead of relying on sending a physical form through the mail.

I do not own firearms but I am storing firearms for someone else. Do I need a licence?

As a general rule, individuals in possession of a firearm need a licence even if they are not the owner and never handle the firearm.

Do I need to carry my licence and registration certificates with me when I take my firearms out hunting?

The Criminal Code states that a firearms licence and a registration certificate for any restricted or prohibited firearms must be produced for the inspection of a peace officer. If these documents are not produced, the peace officer may seize the firearms. If that was the only reason the firearms were seized, and the required documents are produced for inspection within 14 days, the police are required to return the firearms.

If I have a Minor’s Licence, what do I do when I turn 18?

On turning 18, individuals can apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) by completing and submitting form RCMP 5592. This form can be filled out electronically, then printed and mailed to the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) with a photo and original signatures. Individuals who cannot download the form from the CFP website should call 1-800-731-4000 and have one mailed to them.

Since individuals had to pass the Canadian Firearms Safety Course to get their Minors’ Licence, they do not have to pass it again to get a PAL for non-restricted firearms. However, if they want to be licensed for restricted firearms, they will have to pass the tests for the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course before applying.

Once individuals have a PAL, they can acquire firearms of their own. Any restricted or prohibited firearms will be registered during the transfer process.

If I have had a Minor’s Licence, do I need to pay for a Possession and Acquisition Licence?

Yes. Everyone has to pay for their first Possession and Acquisition Licence unless a Chief Firearms Officer has waived the fee because of the person’s need to hunt to sustain themselves or their family.

How can I legally buy a gun in Canada?

First of all, the professionals at BC Firearm Academy will make it easier than you think to legally buy a gun in Canada.

This is how to buy a gun in Canada….

Secondly, you can follow these simple steps to get your PAL ( gun license ) in Canada. Which is how to buy a gun in Canada!

  1. Us the course search or calendar function CFSC find a date and time to take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course ( CFSC ) with BC Firearm Academy.
  2. Pass the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC). The professional instructors at BC Firearm Academy make it fun and easy.  The course focuses on safety and Canadian Firearms Laws.
  3. Fill out, and mail in the application form. BC Firearm Academy will provide all the information and RCMP Forms needed for you to apply.
  4. Wait a few weeks.
  5. Receive your license and go shopping!
What is the minimum age to take the CORE Hunter Education Course?

An individual who is 10 years old can complete the CORE hunter education course.

Where is BC Firearms Academy located?

3229 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4B8

Where do I find forms relating to firearms and firearms licensing in Canada?

Application for a Possession and Acquisition License Under the Firearms Act – CAFC 5592

Use this form if you are an individual aged 18 and over to apply:
– for a first time license,
– for a new license if your current license has expired,
– for a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) for a different class of firearm,
– for a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) if you currently have a Possession Only License (POL).

Application for Renewal of a Firearms License for an Individual – CAFC 5614
Use this form to renew your firearms license.

FIREARMS DOCUMENTS REPLACEMENT REQUEST – CAFC 718
Use this form if you are an individual or a business to request replacement of documents issued under the Firearms Act

Application for an Authorization to Transport Restricted Firearms and Prohibited Firearms – CAFC 679
Use this form, if you are an individual, to apply to the Chief Firearms Officer for an Authorization to Transport (ATT) Restricted or Prohibited Firearms.

BATF6 FORM
Use this form as an application to temporarily import your firearms into the USA for shoots and hunting. Once filled out, send or fax it to the following address:

BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO & FIREARMS
244 NEEDLY ROAD
MARTINSBURG W.VA.
25401 U.S.A.
TEL: (304) 616-4550
FAX: (304) 616-4554
ATT: KIM

NON-RESIDENT FIREARM DECLARATION FORM (CANADA) – CAFC 909
To obtain this form, please email [email protected] or contact
1-800-731-4000.

NON-RESIDENT FIREARM DECLARATION FORM CONTINUATION SHEET – CAFC 910
To obtain this form, please email [email protected] or contact
1-800-731-4000.

APPLICATION FOR AN AUTHORIZATION TO CARRY RESTRICTED FIREARMS – CAFC 680
Before completing and submitting this form, individuals wishing to apply for an Authorization to Carry for the purpose of protection from animals are asked to contact the Chief Firearms Officer of their province or territory.

The provincial Chief Firearms Officer may require you to submit additional forms or information.

Does my son or daughter under 18 years of age need a Federal Minors Permit in order to go hunting with a firearm?

No. The Federal Minors Permit is generally issued to youth in British Columbia between the ages of 12 to 17 who need to use a firearm in an unsupervised situation. This occurs for youth that participates in biathlon competition. It is hard for the adult to supervise the youth while the youth is skiing through the woods.

Youth (ages 10 to 17 inclusive) who participate in hunting in British Columbia must be accompanied by, and be under the close supervision of, an adult (18 years or older) who holds a valid hunting license and meets other prescribed qualifications. “Accompanied” under the Wildlife Act means to remain in the company of the other person, able to see the other person without the aid of any device other than ordinary corrective lenses and able to communicate by unamplified voice with that person.

What is the B.C. Resident Hunting Credential or FWID?

B.C. Resident Hunting Credentials

Resident hunting credentials provide proof that you are qualified to hunt in British Columbia. They are displayed on your Fish & Wildlife ID (FWID).

Applying for Credentials

Sign in to the BC Hunting online service to apply for hunting credentials.

If you have applied for hunting credentials, you will receive an email notification within three business days of applying, which will direct you to log into BC Hunting and check your Fish & Wildlife profile page. Click on Profile Options to view the status of your Transaction. If your credentials application has been approved, your FWID number will be displayed on your profile and your B.C. Resident and Hunting credentials will show as Active.

Please note that if you apply online, it can take up to three business days to process your credentials application.

Requirements

To apply for hunting credentials, you will need the following:

  • Proof of B.C. residency
  • Proof of age (if proof of residency does not include your birth date)
  • One of the following:
    • For new hunters: Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Education training or any hunter safety training course recognized under s.9(1)(b) Hunting Licensing Regulation, Wildlife Act [RSBC 1996] c. 488.
    • For persons with Status as defined in the Indian Act (Canada): Proof of Indian Status. Persons with Status as defined in the Indian Act (Canada) are not required to provide proof of hunter safety training.

You will be required to provide supporting documentation, as outlined in the following section.

Do I need a Federal Firearms Licence in order to go hunting?

No, the federal firearms license known as a PAL or Possession Aquisition license is not required for hunting.

At what age can I hunt unsupervised?

Individuals who have completed the CORE hunter education exam and possess a validated FWID, as well as a hunting license, may hunt unsupervised once they turn 18 years old.

Can I use the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis during my written CORE exam?

Yes, you can use the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis. It can also be downloaded here.

Is there a minimum age to get certified?

Residents of British Columbia who are 10 years of age and older and wish to obtain a CORE Graduate Certificate and Resident Hunter Number are required to complete a hunter education program.

Once I complete my CORE, what are the next steps to get my FWID & hunting license ?

Step 1: Complete the CORE class. After completing the exam, you will receive a signed Registration Form from your CORE examiner.

Step 2: Get your CORE Graduation Certificate. You must send or drop off the Registration Form at the BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) office. The BCWF office will issue you a CORE Graduation Certificate. There is a $30 processing fee that is paid to BCWF for this service.

  • Address: 9706 188 St, Surrey, BC V4N 3M2
  • Hours: 8AM–4:30P
  • Phone: (604) 882-9988
  • Province: British Columbia

Step 3: Get your BC FWID. Once you have received your CORE Graduation Certificate you will then need to take your CORE Graduation Certificate to the local service BC Service Center and request a BC FWID. There is no cost for the BC FWID. Before a BC FWIDis issued, you will have to prove that you are a BC resident and that you meet the minimum age requirements.

BCWF Office
101-9706 188th Street, Surrey, BC V4N 3M2

BC Service Center 
175 – 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge

FrontCounter

200 – 10428 153 St, Surrey, BC V3R 1E1

Step 4: Buy a hunting license.  To find a vendor: click here

 

The fastest way to get your hunting license after you completed the CORE course is to drop off your CORE completion paperwork in Surrey at the BCWF office. They will issue your CORE Graduation Certificate while you wait. Then you’ll need to drive f to the FrontCounter and they will issue you a BC FWID

I did the HUNTERcourse.com learning course, can you administer the CORE testing?

Absolutely, you can register here, or book an appointment by contacting us.

What is the testing that is required to complete the CORE?

Two tests required: 

The written examination consists of 75 multiple-choice questions based on the CORE Manual and the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis. You must obtain at least 56 points overall to pass the written examination. Supplemental information from the CORE Manual is not tested.

The practical firearms handling examination requires the safe handling of two of the five types of firearm actions, including the identification and loading/unloading use of dummy ammunition. A minimum score of 23 out of 30 is required for a pass. The examiner will provide the firearms.

Where can I take the CFSC or the CRFSC?

BC Firearms Academy  https://bcfirearmsacademy.ca

 

What is the minimum age requirement to take the CFSC?

Under the Firearms Act, individuals aged 12 years or older are eligible to take the CFSC. Children under the age of 12 can take the course, but for educational purposes only and will not complete the written or practical exams. However, to obtain a minors’ licence to borrow/use non-restricted firearms, an individual must be between 12 and 17 years of age. To obtain this licence, you will have to successfully complete the CFSC and pass the tests unless:

  • you have already taken the CFSC and passed the tests; or
  • you are applying as a minor sustenance hunter in which case you are not required to take the course and pass the tests. This type of licence has no minimum age. You should contact your Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) to see if you meet the requirements for “sustenance hunter” in your province or territory.

All licences will be subject to conditions, which may include supervision. You and/or your parent or a person who has custody of you will be interviewed by a firearms officer. Your parent or guardian must agree to the conditions under which you may use firearms and must give their consent before a minors’ licence will be issued to you.

A minors’ licence will not permit you to possess restricted or prohibited firearms, or to acquire (buy, inherit, receive as a gift or take in trade) firearms. You must be 18 years of age or older to acquire and register restricted or prohibited firearms.

Your minors’ licence will expire on the earlier of:

  • the day you turn 18 years old, or
  • the expiry date shown on your licence.

If you have a minors’ permit now, you may continue to use it until it expires. Check with your CFO for local age requirements.

What are the different classes of firearms in Canada?

There are three classes of firearms: non-restricted, restricted and prohibited.

Non-restricted firearms are ordinary rifles and shotguns, other than those referred to below.

Restricted firearms include:

  • handguns that are not prohibited;
  • semi-automatic, centre-fire rifles and shotguns with a barrel shorter than 470 mm;
  • rifles and shotguns that can be fired when their overall length has been reduced by folding, telescoping or other means to less than 660 mm; and
  • firearms restricted by Criminal Code Regulations.

Prohibited firearms include:

  • handguns with a barrel length of 105 mm or less and handguns that discharge .25 or .32 calibre ammunition, except for a few specific ones used in International Shooting Union competitions;
  • rifles and shotguns that have been altered by sawing or other means so that their barrel length is less than 457 mm or their overall length is less than 660 mm;
  • full automatics;
  • converted automatics, namely full automatics that have been altered so that they fire only one projectile when the trigger is squeezed; and
  • firearms prohibited by Criminal Code Regulations.

List of Restricted and Prohibited Firearms in Canada Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms Prohibited, Restricted or Non-Restricted

I own firearms but I do not have a licence and I have not registered them. Can I still apply, and if so, will there be any penalties?

Yes, you may still apply. We are making every effort to help firearm owners comply with the law. If you need assistance, call 1-800-731-4000.

You risk penalties if a peace officer finds you in possession of a firearm without a valid licence. To minimize that risk, we urge you to apply as quickly as possible.

You need a firearms licence to be able to register your restricted and prohibited firearms. The Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) (CAFC 921) is the only licence currently available to new applicants. If you have a licence, you can apply to register your restricted and prohibited firearms online for free through our Website or by submitting a paper application (CAFC 998).

Restricted and prohibited firearms being registered for the first time in Canada need to be verified by an approved verifier. Call 1-800-731-4000 for help verifying your firearms.

What is the maximum number of cartridges that a firearm magazine can legally hold in Canada?

As set out in Criminal Code Regulations, some large-capacity magazines are prohibited regardless of the class of firearm to which the magazines are attached. As a general rule, the maximum magazine capacity is:

  • 5 cartridges for most magazines designed for a semi-automatic center-fire long gun; or
  • 10 cartridges for most handgun magazines

A large-capacity magazine is not prohibited if it has been permanently altered so that it cannot hold more than the number of cartridges allowed by law. Acceptable ways to alter a magazine are set out in the regulations.

There is no limit to the magazine capacity for semi-automatic rim-fire long guns, or for other long guns that are not semi-automatics, with some exceptions. See also Special Bulletin for Businesses No. 72Maximum Permitted Magazine Capacity.

Where can I get a firearms licence application?

You can download the application form here.

Can I do my CFSC and CRFSC exam online?

No, as there is a practical gun handling component to the exam, it cannot be done online.

Who should take the Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety course?

This course is designed for a person who wants to legally own a restricted firearm, purchase ammunition, get into competitive shooting, or collecting of restricted firearm.

What is Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety course?

The Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety course is a 4-6 hour course that will introduce you to the safe handling of restricted (R) firearms. Restricted firearms include double and single action revolvers, auto loading handguns, and restricted long guns like the AR-15.  This course covers the history of restricted firearms, the common types of R firearms and ammunition found in Canada, safe use and handling techniques, and covers legal requirements for proper transport and storage of restricted firearms.  This course includes a written and practical test at the end.

Can I purchase firearms after completing this course?

Once you’ve completed this course, you can apply for the Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) through the Canadian Firearms Centre (CFC).

Will this course teach me how to shoot a firearm?

Although this course will discuss the safe handling and firing of a NR firearm you will not actually shoot a firearm.  The firearms used in the course have been deactivated and there will be no live ammunition present.

Who should take the CFSC or Non-Restricted course?

This course is designed for a person who wants to legally own a NR firearm, purchase ammunition, get into competitive shooting, or get into hunting. This course is also great for people who have little to no experience with firearms and who may be fearful of firearms, but may come in contact with them because there are firearms in their house or within the family.

What is the Canadian Firearm Safety Course?

It is an 8-hour course that will introduce you to the safe handling of non-restricted (NR) firearms. Non-restricted firearms include shotguns, rifles and muzzleloading long guns.  This course covers the history of firearms, the common types of NR firearms and ammunition found in Canada, safe use and handling techniques, and covers legal requirements for proper transport and storage of NR firearms.  This course includes a written and practical test at the end.

What is the price of the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course CRFSC in BC?

BC firearms Academy charges  $155 for the CRFSC and $205 for the Combined CFSC & CRFSC.

I have my PAL. Does this mean I can hunt in B.C.?

No.  You must have taken and passed the CORE Hunter Education Course.  This will allow you to register for an FWID which allows you to buy hunting licenses.

Can I challenge the Canadian Firearms Safety Course CFSC / Firearms test?

No.  As of June 21st, 2015 challenges are no longer allowed.  You must complete the full in-person CFSC.

What is the price of the CORE Hunter Education Course to get a hunting licence in BC?

BC firearms Academy charges  $155 for the in-person CORE Hunter Education Course. We also offer BC’s best online CORE hunter education program.

What is the price of the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course CRFSC in BC?

BC firearms Academy charges  $155 for the CRFSC and $205 for the Combined CFSC & CRFSC.

What is the price of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course CFSC in BC?

BC firearms Academy charges  $155 for the CFSC and $205 for the Combined CFSC & CRFSC.

I think I did my safety training when I was younger – how can I find out?

You can call the Chief Firearms Office at their toll-free number 1-800-731-4000 ext. 7503. They can advise you if you have already met the safety training requirements to obtain a possession and acquisition licence. Generally speaking, if your training took place prior to 1994 – you do not meet the current standard and are required to complete the CFSC course/test to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL).

Who can I call to find out about the progress of my application?
You can call the Canadian Firearms Program toll free number 1-800-731-4000 during regular business hours. They can tell you the status of your application.  You can also Check the Status of your Application Online
I only want to get a restricted firearms licence – is that possible?
No – In accordance with the Firearms Act, a new firearms safety course focusing on restricted firearms (primarily handguns) was developed and implemented on February 1, 1999. The legislation stipulates that individuals wishing to acquire restricted firearms must first/also take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course /test (CFSC). 
The non-restricted firearms safety course/test (CFSC) is a prerequisite for the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC).  Although the qualification is necessary, you will never have to own/possess non-restricted firearms if you don’t wish to.
How do I upgrade my PAL so that I can acquire restricted as well as non-restricted firearms?
You must meet the additional safety course/test requirement (CRFSC) and submit an application for a firearms licence RCMP 5592
How do I upgrade from a Possession-Only Licence (POL) to a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)?

Effective September 2nd, 2015 legislation passed that converted all VALID POL’s into Pal’s – no additional safety training required. POL had to have been valid on that date – if expired- training (including course) must be completed to acquire a PAL – the only licence available now.

Does taking this course get me a firearms licence?

No, it’s a step in getting your firearms licence. You must submit a copy of your course results along with an RCMP Application for a Firearms Licence for Individuals over 18 years RCMP 5592 or submit a Minor Licence Application (call CFO) in order to get a firearms licence in Canada.

The gun registry went away; do I still need a firearms licence?

You are still required to obtain a firearms licence to purchase, possess, own or borrow any firearm in Canada. Changes to legislation mean there is no longer a requirement for you to “register” non-restricted firearm/s with the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program. You are still required to register all restricted/prohibited firearms. You MUST have a licence to possess any firearms!

How long is my Firearms Licence good for?

A Firearms Licence is valid for a period of five years unless revoked. Each Firearms Licence has an expiry date on it. It is your responsibility and a condition of the licence, to notify the Chief Firearms Office if you move or change addresses so that notices of renewal can be mailed out to you. 90 days prior to expiry and again 30 days prior to expiry a notice is mailed to remind you of the renewal of the licence.

What is the process for getting a firearms licence (PAL) for hunting?

You must complete the course and pass the test for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and/or Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC). At the conclusion of your course/test – your paperwork will be sent away for authentication and copies will be mailed back to you. Turnaround time on those documents is approximately 4 weeks. In the meantime, you should follow all instructions thoroughly to complete the Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) application RCMP 5592 form with appropriate photo, fees, and all required signatures. When the safety training documentation is received back by you – submit one copy along with the completed application to the Miramichi, New Brunswick address provided with the application. The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) service standard to process a properly completed individual license section is 45 days.

The Firearms Registry law was repealed in April 2012. What does this mean for me if I wish to obtain a firearm or currently own firearms?

There is no longer a requirement for you to “register” your non-restricted firearm/s with the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program and have your personal information collected and stored in a firearms data base. You are still required however to register any restricted firearms. You are also still required to obtain a firearms licence to purchase, possess, own or borrow a firearm. The licence is called a P.A.L. To obtain your P.A.L .you must successfully pass a Canadian Firearms Safety Course and/or a Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course and the exams to either course. To obtain additional information on Bill C19, the Act that repeals the firearms registry requirements of the Firearms Act please go to the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program website

Where can I get a Minors Licence application form?

You receive a Minors Application Form when you attend your course with BC Firearms Academy or please call the Chief Firearms Office of BC.

I am a non-resident but want a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). How do I get a Possession and Acquisition Licence?

Non-residents can apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence. They must be 18 years of age or older; they must successfully complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and test, and they must provide a letter or document from their local Police Service/Government which provides a completed NCIC check. Once they have the necessary documentation, they need to fill in an application, attach the documents, and send it to the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program.

I am a visitor to Canada. Do I need a Firearms Licence?
Yes. Starting January 1, 2001, non-residents are required to possess a Firearms Licence to import (restricted and non-restricted firearms) or to borrow (non-restricted firearms only) and to acquire ammunition. For individuals who bring their own firearms into Canada, a confirmed Non-Resident Firearm Declaration ( form JUS 909 EF ) will serve as a license and registration for those firearms indicated on the JUS 909 EF Declaration Form.
Individuals who temporarily bring firearms to Canada must declare their firearms in writing using the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Form (form JUS 909 EF). Once a Customs Officer has confirmed the declaration and issued a confirmation number, the declaration form will serve as a license and registration certificate, showing that the visitor is in legal possession of the firearm(s).
I’ve applied for a Firearms Licence and I received a letter from the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program asking for proof that I completed the Canadian Firearms Safety Course test. I completed a test when I received my CORE Hunter Education Course. Is this the test they are talking about?

No. The Hunter Education test is a provincial test for a provincial hunting licence. You are required to show proof of completion of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course test in order to get your Federal Firearms Licence.

Do I have to redo both the written and practical portions of the CFSC or the CRFSC test if I fail either the written or practical test?

Yes. The tests consist of both the written and practical components. You must achieve 80% or better on both in order to successfully complete the CFSC / CRFSC test. If an individual fails either the written or practical test, they must complete both again.

Do I have to take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) if I only want to acquire restricted firearms?

Yes. In order to obtain a PAL for restricted firearms, you must successfully complete both the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC).

What can I do if I have trouble registering online or I would prefer to register by phone?

While we try to encourage everyone to register for their courses using the online portal, you may call our office during regular office hours.

Our phone number is 1 604-592-2410

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Can I buy ammunition without a firearms license ( PAL ) ?

No. You must have a valid Possession & Acquisition Licence (PAL) to purchase ammunition in Canada.

Can BC Firearms Academy issue a firearms license?

No. BC Firearms Academy offers courses on firearms safety and hunter education only. The RCMP is responsible for issuing firearms licenses. The BCWF issues CORE graduation certificates for the hunting license hunting.

How do I get a possession and acquisition license ( PAL )

You first need to successfully complete the Canadian Non-Restricted Firearms Safety Course (and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course if you want to own a handgun). Upon completion, you will receive an official student record, as well as information on how to apply for a PAL card. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is responsible for issuing and considering all license applications.

Which course do I need to take to own handguns and AR-15 style firearms?

You need to successfully complete the Canadian Non-Restricted Firearms Safety Course and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course in order to apply for your Possession & Acquisition Licence with a Restricted certification.

Which course do I need to take so I can buy and own rifles and shotguns?

You need to successfully complete the Canadian Non-Restricted Firearms Safety Course in order to apply for your Possession & Acquisition Licence.

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