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Safety Courses

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 OR challenge and pass the CFSC tests without taking the course. Individuals wishing to acquire restricted firearms must take the CFSC and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) and pass the tests OR challenge and pass the tests without taking either course.

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 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 firearms must take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) and pass the tests OR challenge and pass the CFSC and the CRFSC tests without taking either course.

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.

Find an Instructor

To find an instructor, please contact the Chief Firearms Office (CFO) office or the service provider in your area as specified below.

* Canadian Firearm Safety Course (CFSC)
** Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety Course (CRFSC)

Province/Territory Contact Course
Alberta Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association CFSC & CRFSC
British Columbia and Yukon CFO Office CFSC & CRFSC
Manitoba and Nunavut

CFO Office

CFSC & CRFSC
New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources CFSC
The French Community College of New Brunswick CRFSC
Newfoundland and Labrador College of North Atlantic CFSC
CFO Office CRFSC
Northwest Territories Alberta CFO Office CFSC & CRFSC
Nova Scotia Hnatiuk's Hunting and Fishing CFSC & CRFSC
Ontario Firearms Safety Education Services of Ontario CFSC & CRFSC
Prince Edward Island CFO Office CFSC & CRFSC
Quebec Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs (French Only) CFSC
Fédération québécoise de tir CRFSC
Saskatchewan CFO Office CFSC & CRFSC