Courses and Fees

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Course Requirements


The CFSC and the CRFSC course and examination are required for those individuals who wish to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence ( PAL )
 
 
Each province has its own delivery method for the Canadian Firearms Safety Courses. In Ontario, each instructor delivers the course directly to the public. They set their own prices and do most of their own administration.
 
The FSESO does not maintain a master list of course dates and locations. Please click on the tab "Find an Instructor", select an instructor from the dispalyed list that is closest to where you wish to take a course. You can then contact the instructor who will provide the date, time and specific location where the course will be held.


Course Fees

As of April 23, 2013, the following maximum fees apply to the Canadian Firearms Safety Courses program delivery in Ontario.
Please note the following fees do not include applicable Federal and Provincial taxes or course material.
 
DESCRIPTION MAXIMUM COST
Canadian Firearm Safety Course ( CFSC ) 8-10 hours & Test
$150.00
Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course ( CRFSC ) 8-10 hours & Test
$150.00
Both Canadian Firearms Safety Course & Restricted Firearms Safety Course  ( Includes both tests & minimum 12 hours classroom instruction )
$260.00


Canadian Firearms Safety Course

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) was developed in partnership with the provinces and territories, national organizations with an ongoing interest in firearms safety, and many firearms and hunter education course instructors from across Canada. This course was developed to meet the mandatory requirements of section 7 of the Firearms Act.  The legislation stipulates that individuals wishing to acquire non-restricted firearms must take the CFSC and pass the tests.
 
Topics covered in the CFSC include:
  • the evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions;
  • basic firearms safety practices;
  • ammunition;
  • operating firearm actions;
  • safe handling and carry procedures;
  • firing techniques and procedures;
  • care of non-restricted firearms;
  • responsibilities of the firearms owner/user; and
  • safe storage, display, transportation and handling of non-restricted firearms.
 

Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course

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 and/or prohibited firearms must take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course
(CFSC) and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) and pass the
tests.
 
Topics covered in the CRFSC include:
  • the evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions;
  • basic firearms safety practices;
  • ammunition;
  • operating handgun actions;
  • firing techniques and procedures for handguns;
  • care of restricted firearms;
  • responsibilities of the firearms owner/user; and
  • safe storage, display, transportation and handling of restricted firearms

 

Hunter Education Program 

The Ontario Hunter Education Program will assist you to understand the natural world and become a knowledgeable and responsible hunter. Click here for details.
 

Wilderness Handgun Safety Course
The Wilderness Handgun Safety Course (WHSC) is designed to apply to advanced level handgun users, specifically for training certification relating to the use of restricted firearms/prohibited handguns for lawful wilderness occupations.

The Firearms Act of Canada establishes legislative requirements which an individual must satisfy (Canadian Firearms Safety Course/Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) to obtain a Firearms Licence; the WHSC is designed to apply to advanced level handgun users.

Existing firearms safety courses across Canada have a proven track record in the reduction of firearm related incidents.  Most of these courses have been designed and delivered for firearms use in a specific activity.

Firearms owners and users have social and legislative responsibilities.  Throughout this course, you will become familiar with those responsibilities.

The existence of this course should not be considered an acknowledgment that all trappers, bear baiters, geologists, or other approved wilderness occupations should carry a handgun in the field.

Being involved in any approved wilderness occupation does not automatically qualify a person to carry a handgun, as each applicant must be considered on an individual basis.

In each case, the Chief Firearms Office (CFO) must establish the applicant’s need to carry a handgun, which must exceed the applicant’s personal desire to carry it.  Individual work requirements and field locations may become a factor in the final decision making process completed by the Chief Firearms Office.

The Wilderness Handgun Safety Course provides firearms training for persons who may be approved to carry a handgun under specific conditions as follows:

  • The individual is working in a remote wilderness area and firearms are required for the protection of the life of that individual or of other individuals from wild animals; or
  • The individual is engaged in the occupation of trapping in a province and is licenced or authorized and trained as required by the laws of the province.

The WHSC is not to be considered a course related to use of force and/or personal self-defence; nor is this a handgun hunting course.

Ownership of firearms in Canada is not a lawful right to bear arms.  Firearms ownership is considered a privilege which includes specific authority provided to an individual for the carrying of a firearm related to his/her occupation.

Effective March 7, 2015:

  • Maximum WHSC fee is $250.00 including the course, student manual, examinations and live-fire test;
  • Maximum Recertification Examination fee is $100.00;
  • Maximum retest fee for a failed live fire examination is $40.00;

 

Instructor Portal

FSESO Instructors may access an Instructors Only website and perform tasks such as Adding a Course and Updating Your Profile. Click on the Portal Log In button to get to the FSESO Instructor Site.

FSESO Instructor Only Login Portal

Study Manuals

The new study manual is available. It includes both the Canadian Firearm Safety Course and Canadian  Restricted Firearm Safety Course  material. 

Find FSESO Study Manuals Here

 

Courses and Fees

Each province has its own delivery method for the Canadian Firearms Safety Courses. In Ontario, each instructor / examiner delivers the course directly to the public.

Find FSESO Courses and Fee Information Here

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