Free fishing week in Ontario

Provided by MPP Jim McDonell
Free fishing week in Ontario
Zolie Pecore fishing at Gray's Creek. Seaway News photo.

CORNWALL, Ontario – The Ontario government invites families to kick-off Canada Day celebrations by participating in the province’s week-long free fishing event. From June 29 to July 7, Ontarians of all ages can enjoy fishing without requiring a licence.

“Our government is making it easier for families to spend quality time together by making fishing more accessible and affordable in Ontario,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “Families, fishing enthusiasts and those new to the sport have more opportunities than ever before to get out on the water.”

The free fishing week is a welcomed tradition and is the fourth licence-free fishing opportunity this year. In 2019, the Ontario government doubled the number of free fishing events by introducing licence-free fishing on the Father’s Day and Mother’s Day weekends.

“Free fishing events are a great way to experience the wonderful sport of fishing,” said Minister Yakabuski. “Ontario is home to many lakes, rivers and streams and there is no better time to experience the outdoors than in the summer months.”

“We want to encourage families to get outdoors by providing a fun and affordable way to connect with nature and family,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. “Licence-free fishing events are a great way to get kids hooked on fishing.”

Families are encouraged to plan their fishing trip or find a local event by visiting:

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