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Shooting Sports

To engage in shooting sports, you must first determine which type of firearm you will be using.

 

Both non-restricted firearms and restricted firearms (handguns) can be used for target shooting. The process is different depending on the class of firearm ; read the following information carefully.

Shooting sports using non-restricted firearms

You must take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) offered in classroom only.

  • Course duration : 8 to 10 hours 
  • Cost : $97.50  (including taxes) for the electronic manual, the practical test and the theoretical exam

You must be at least 12 years old (the day of the course) to register. Photo ID will be required during the course. Minors require the consent of a parent or guardian.

Shooting sports using non-restricted firearms

Shooting sports using restricted firearms

To engage in shooting activities using restricted firearms (handguns), follow the 5 steps below.

Shooting sports using restricted firearms

Follow these 5 steps

Note

It will soon be possible to register for both safety courses simultaneously (Steps 1 and 2). Courses will be held on two consecutive days, in the same location.

1. Take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC)

Offered in class only.

  • Course duration : 8 to 10 hours
  • Cost : $ 97,50  (including taxes) for the electronic manual, the practical test and the theoretical exam
    • $ 105,00 as of January 1st 2023

 

You must be at least 12 years old on the day of the CFSC. Photo ID will be required during the course. Minors require the consent of a parent or guardian.

CFSC course schedule by region

2. Take the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC)

Offered in class only.

  • Course duration : 6 to 8 hours
  • Cost : $120 (including taxes) for the electronic manual, the practical test and the theoretical exam
    • $130 as of January 1st 2023
  • Prerequesite : successful completion of CFSC (step 1)

 

You must be at least 18 years old on the day of the CRFSC. Photo ID will be required during the course.

CRFSC course schedule by region

3. Apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)

The PAL is delivered by the Canadian Department of Justice. The licence will be issued once you have filed an application using the form available on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website.

 

It is mandatory to have passed both the CFSC and CRFSC in order to apply for a PAL for restricted firearms. If you are applying for the first time, you will need the Form to accompany an application for a possession and acquisition licence for restricted or prohibited firearms to be filled out by a police officer by reporting to the police station which governs your territory of residence.

 

Possession and Acquisition Licence application form

5. Join a shooting club

Certificate of achievement

Sécurité nature reminds you to allow a period of 3 to 4 weeks following your course before receiving your certification.

 

CSFC : a certificate of achievement (card) issued by Sécurité nature (mandatory in order to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence) will be mailed upon successful completion of the course.

In Québec, it replaces the Canadian Safety Course on the Handling of Unrestricted Firearms (Form RCMP 5484 / CAFC 332) used in other provinces.

 

CRFSC : a certificate of achievement as well as the 5484F RCMP form (mandatory in order to apply for a Possession and Acquisition License for restricted firearms) will be emailed once you have passed the course.

For educational purposes, and with the consent of a parent or guardian, it is possible for minors to take the course and both the theoretical and practical tests. However, in order to apply for a possession and acquisition license, it is mandatory to redo the course and exams at the age of 18.

 

Prohibition Order

 

 

It is not possible to take the CSFC nor the CRFSC under a firearms prohibition order. To take these courses, you must wait until the prohibition period is over.

If you take these courses during the cancellation or prohibition period, they will not be recognized and you will not be reimbursed. You will have to take the courses again and pay the corresponding fees at the end of the cancellation or prohibition order period.

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