Queen's Park is working to make life easier for anglers and hunters, says Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford.

"What we're building here is a system where there's less regulatory burden, less fees for Ontario licences. We think that's important to people, but we're going to consult first," said the minister.

Close to 600,000 anglers and hunters visited the northwest in 2010. The province has already started streamlining the licencing process for anglers and hunters.

"We've made a number of innovations on the costs and regulations around these," Rickford continued. "Some of them not commonly known to a lot of people, unless you're a camp owner or an avid fisherman."

Queen's Park announced a freeze on hunting licences and fees last week, removing a $2 fee. At the end of the year, the province also announced:

The changes broadly fall under the following three themes:

Streamline licensing - including creating one Outdoors Card and a single fishing and hunting licence document that would contain all valid licences a client has purchased. 

Improve consistency - including the elimination of some licensing requirements to create more consistency for resident hunters, non-resident hunters, and deemed licence holders.

Modernize for the future - including providing more service delivery options, updating regulatory requirements for game seals, and enhancing the hunter-harvest reporting regime to standardize requirements and moving to electronic reporting channels.

Veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces service members can recreationally fish for free, if they are residents of Ontario. 

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Province puts a freeze on fishing licence fees

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