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Canadian Firearms Program

What's New

Two additional provisions of the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act came into force on September 2, 2015:

  • The elimination of the Possession Only Licence (POL) and conversion of all existing POLs to Possession and Acquisition Licences (PALs); and,
  • The Authorization to Transport (ATT) becoming a condition of a licence for certain routine and lawful activities.

For more information, see associated Questions and Answers.

  • New amendments to the firearms classification regulations on July 31, 2015. The Government of Canada prescribed Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) 858 rifles and certain Swiss Arms family of firearms as "restricted" or "non-restricted" as they were treated prior to February 26, 2014. The associated news release is available at: Harper Government amends firearms classification regulations.
  • The Firearms Marking Regulations are deferred until June 1, 2017. The associated announcement is available at: Regulations Amending the Firearms Marking Regulations.
  • Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, received Royal Assent on June 18, 2015. This legislation amends the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code. The associated news release is available at: The Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act receives Royal Assent.
  • Firearms Regulatory Compliance Measure extended on May 15, 2015
  • The Government of Canada extended the following firearms regulatory compliance incentive until May 16, 2017:
    • Amnesty - Applies to individual owners of non-restricted firearms who have expired firearms licences. Provided these individuals are attempting to come back into firearms licensing compliance, this amnesty gives them the opportunity to do so without risk of prosecution.
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