The Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) is the only licence currently available to new applicants. Individuals who possess firearms or handle them in the course of their work are required, under the Firearms Act, to have a firearms licence. A firearms licence is also necessary to acquire firearms or ammunition.
Firearms licences are generally valid for five years, and must be renewed before they expire. It's the licence holder's responsibility. Renewing on time will help to avoid possible complications and consequences, including being charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm.
The RCMP Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) is making every effort to facilitate the renewal of licences:
Advantages to renewing a licence before it expires include:
Eligible individuals have a valid PAL that is about to expire and licence privileges that are not being changed. It is not necessary to possess a firearm to be eligible for a PAL.
The fee payable by an individual for the issuance or renewal of a PAL is $60 for non-restricted firearms only, and $80 for any combination of non-restricted, restricted, or prohibited firearms.
For more information, contact the CFP.
This fact sheet is intended to provide general information only. For legal references, please refer to the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act and their corresponding regulations. Provincial, territorial and municipal laws, regulations and policies may also apply.