Free fishing slated for Family Day weekend

Press Release

The provincial government invites families to participate in free fishing on the Family Day weekend.
From Feb. 16-18, Canadian residents of all ages can enjoy fishing in Ontario without having to purchase a licence.
“We want to encourage families to enjoy the outdoors by providing a fun and affordable way to connect with each other and with nature,” said Natural Resources and Forestry minister John Yakabuski.
“Whether you are a fishing enthusiast or a first-timer, this is an opportunity to create lasting memories with family and friends, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this weekend,” he added.
“I know I will.”
Family Day weekend is the first of four free fishing events in 2019. The provincial government continues to reduce barriers, making it easier for people to explore different angling opportunities and enjoy Ontario’s world-class lakes, rivers, and streams.
“Our government is committed to making life more affordable, which is why we have introduced two new licence-free fishing events this year on the weekends of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day,” said Yakabuski.
“This is in addition to our decision to freeze fishing licence fees and remove the $2 service fee in 2019,” he noted.
With less than a week to go before the Family Day weekend, families are encouraged to plan their ice-fishing trip or find a local event by visiting
Anglers are reminded to stay safe and to check local ice conditions before heading onto the ice to fish.
For ice safety tips, visit the Ontario website.
Additional 2019 licence-free fishing events include Mother’s Day weekend (May 11-12), Father’s Day weekend (June 15-16), and Family Fishing Week (June 29-July 7).
The free fishing events are co-ordinated through a partnership between the Ontario government and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
Ontario’s recreational fishing industry generates $2.2 billion annually.