A1: If you have a validFootnote * POL, you will be allowed to acquire firearms for the classes of firearms you had on your POL. A PAL will be issued to you when you renew your POL.
Footnote * A valid POL is one that is not expired.
A2: Your POL card will provide you with the ability to acquire firearms immediately. You will receive a PAL card upon the renewal of your licence.
A3: No. You are not required to take classroom safety training when your POL is converted to a PAL.
A4: No. Your POL must be valid to qualify for the POL to PAL conversion.
A5: If you have not already passed the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC), to be eligible to apply for a PAL, classroom participation in the CFSC is mandatory. Once the course is completed, you will then have to pass the tests.
To apply for a PAL, individuals aged 18 and over are required to submit form RCMP 5592 / CAFC 921E.
A6: No. As of September 2, 2015, you can no longer apply for a new POL. Furthermore, the conversion of existing POLs to PALs happened automatically with no action required by holders of valid POLs.
A7: Yes. Applications for a new POL or a POL renewal that were submitted before legislative changes converting all POLs to PALs came into force on September 2, 2015 will be processed.
A8: Firearms licensing fees did not change; however, legislative changes have converted all existing POLs to PALs. The fee payable for the issuance or renewal of a PAL is $80 if you have privileges that include restricted and prohibited firearms.
A9: No. Challenges are no longer accepted. If you wish to obtain a RPAL, you must take the CRFSC and pass the tests.
A10: No. The legislative changes do not include compensation if you previously upgraded from a POL to a PAL and paid for the CFSC.
A11: Existing POLs are still valid and are treated as PALs for the classes of firearms you are licensed to possess. Existing licence expiration dates will not be affected and you will receive a new PAL card upon the renewal of your licence.
A12: No. The POL is no longer available.
A13: As of September 2, 2015, individuals with restricted or prohibited firearms may be eligible to have conditions attached to a firearms licence for certain routine and lawful transportation purposes.
A14: Yes. As of September 2, 2015, if you are licenced and possess a valid ATT to transport a firearm to and from a shooting club or range for the purposes of target practice, you will obtain, as a condition of your licence, the activities listed below.
These licence conditions authorize the transport of restricted and/or prohibited firearms registered to the licence holder within their province of residence by a route that, in all circumstances, is reasonably direct for the specific indicated purposes.
A15: No. If you do not possess a valid ATT to transport a firearm to and from a shooting club or range for the purposes of target practice as of September 2, 2015, you will not get the transportation purposes added as a condition to your firearms licence.
See next question for additional information.
A16: If you do not possess a valid ATT to transport a firearm to and from a shooting club or range for the purposes of target practice, you will get the relevant transportation purposes added as a condition to your firearms licence when you:
Once the conditions have been added to the firearms licence, you are no longer required to request additional ATTs unless it is for a purpose other than those that have been added as a condition to the licence.
Depending on the purpose for which you acquire firearms, you either get all six conditions added to your licence as a condition (if you have acquired your firearms for target shooting) or you get just five conditions, excluding transport to and from an approved range (if you have acquired your firearms for collection purposes).
A17: Yes. Existing paper ATTs are still valid.
A18: No. Existing paper ATTs remain valid until expiry. In addition, as of September 2, 2015, if you are a licensed client possessing a valid ATT to transport a firearm to and from a shooting club or range for the purposes of target practice, you have, as a condition on your licence, the six transportation conditions.
A19: Call the CFP toll-free information line at 1-800-731-4000 to request an ATT.
A20: Yes. CFOs still have the authority to revoke an ATT.
A21: Yes. Upon acquisition of your first restricted firearm, once a CFO confirms the acquisition purpose of the firearm, the CFP will issue you a new licence card indicating that special conditions are attached.
A22: If a licence card is reprinted as a result of the conditions being placed on the licence, you will receive a new licence card. On the card carrier (for the licence card) the normal standard conditions (i.e. that you must inform the CFO when you move or change your name) will be listed. The ATT conditions will also be listed on the card carrier under Special Conditions.