The Ontario's Government is inviting residents of any age to participate in free fishing over the Family Day weekend (Feb16 - 18), without having to purchase a licence.
"We want to encourage families to enjoy the outdoors by providing a fun and affordable way to connect with each other and with nature," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. "Whether you are a fishing enthusiast or a first-timer, this is an opportunity to create lasting memories with family and friends, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this weekend."
Family Day weekend is the first of four free fishing events in 2019. The Ontario government has introduced two new licence-free fishing events this year on the weekends of Mother's Day and Father's Day. The Province has also frozen fishing licencing fees and remove the $2 service fee.
Ontario's recreational fishing industry generates $2.2 billion annually.