Target shooters

Call the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) at 1-800-731-4000 to check whether a club or range you want to join is approved by the provincial or territorial Chief Firearms Office (CFO).

For more information on target shooting, please see the Shooting clubs and ranges page.


To participate in target shooting at a club or range, Canadian residents must have


  1. The Chief Firearms Office has the authority under subsection 15(1) of the Shooting Clubs and Shooting Ranges Regulations to request written confirmation from a shooting club or range of "…the participation, if any, of a current or past member…of the shooting club…in target practice or target shooting competitions within the previous five years…"
  2. The Chief Firearms Office is able to confirm the purpose for which an individual indicated he or she was acquiring the firearm by looking at your Authorization to Transport history over the term of your licence (for target practice) and, can also review records kept by a club/range.


If you do not have a valid Canadian firearms licence, please fill out a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration. A customs officer needs to confirm it at your point of entry. This Declaration will act as a firearms licence for up to 60 days. If you are bringing a restricted firearm into Canada, ask a customs officer to confirm your Declaration before applying for an Authorization to Transport by phone.

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