Everything You Need to Know to Attain a Firearms License in Ontario

Are you thinking about applying for a firearms licence in Ontario? If so, here is the bottom line:

You MUST take an introductory Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) to be eligible to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) and to better train you when it comes to the safe handling of firearms.

What is the Canadian Firearms Safety Course?

The Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario (FSESO) instructors are designated by the Chief Firearms Office of Ontario to teach and test the CFSC and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course

These courses are designed to familiarize you with the safe use and responsible handling of firearms and ammunition. They cover topics such as:

  • the basic parts of a firearm
  • proper loading and unloading of the firearm
  • proper stances for discharging the firearm
  • safe storage and transportation of firearms
  • carrying a firearm safely

You will also have the chance to handle, load, and unload various firearm actions – and will be instructed on how to safely handle these firearms with hands on supervision from your qualified instructor.

Where Do I Find a Canadian Firearms Safety Course?

First, find a certified instructor in your area. There are qualified registered instructors all across the province. Just visit FSESO.org to begin. You can even search by language.

You can take courses at your convenience. Talk to an instructor in your area. They will be able to tell you when you are able to attend the next course and what the costs will be.

Each course will provide you with current information and safe handling practices for firearms which will better prepare you for the mandatory tests, both written and handling portions. And you must pass both tests if you choose to apply for a PAL.

Also, if you wish to acquire restricted firearms, you must take the full classroom delivery of the CFSC and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC).

Study manuals for both courses can be ordered from the FSESO in advance – to allow you time to get familiar with various points of proper firearm handling and safety.

Search for a Certified Instructor

The FSESO mission is to “sustain public confidence, promote public safety, and encourage the responsible use of firearms by ensuring professional, effective, comprehensive and standard delivery of firearms safety training and testing through our members.”

That’s why it’s important to note that the FSESO is the only professional association of instructors certified by the Chief Firearms Office of Ontario to teach and test the CFSC.

Remember, always make safety your first priority!


Contact us for more information:


Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario (FSESO)
Phone: 
1-877-322-2345 ext.101
Fax: (705) 325-9193
Website: 
www.fseso.org