Modified services due to COVID-19

Due to measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP), like many other service providers in Canada, is currently experiencing significant impacts to its services.

As this is an evolving situation, we will continue to provide updates on our website.

Service available by phone

  • The CFP contact centre is operating with a reduced workforce
  • You may experience longer than normal wait times when calling the contact centre

New firearms licences

Our processing site is currently operating at a reduced capacity, which has resulted in a four-month delay in the processing of new applications for a firearms licence.

Firearms Safety Courses

Firearm licence expiry

  • As per the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, since October 2017, individuals have a six-month extension period past the expiry date printed on their firearms licence card to submit a renewal application online
  • An expiring firearms licence card will automatically remain valid, with limitations, during this extension period
  • Individuals can check the status of their firearms licence application via Individual Web Services

Bill C-20

  • Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures recently received Royal Assent and it allows for the extension of expiry dates to renew firearms licences until December 31, 2020
  • The coming into force date for the section on firearms licences is September 23, 2020
  • CFP systems have been updated to accommodate Bill C-20

What does this mean for you?

  • Any firearms licence expiring between September 23, 2020 and December 30, 2020 will automatically be extended to December 31, 2020
  • On January 1, 2021, these clients will then be granted the established six-month extension on their licence as a result of a provision in the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act (Bill C-42)
  • If a firearms licence is already within the six-month extension period as a result of a provision in the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act (Bill C-42), and the extension period expires between September 23, 2020 and December 30, 2020, the CFP will automatically extend the extension period expiry date to December 31, 2020. No further action will happen on January 1, 2021
  • The CFP will not be reprinting licence cards or directly contacting clients whose licences have been extended to December 31, 2020

What action is required by firearms owners?

  • The CFP will handle the extension of your expiry date on your licence. No further action will be required by you
  • Don't wait. Applications for licence renewals should still be submitted and will be processed as usual
  • Clients will continue to receive licence renewal reminder notices three months prior to the expiry of their firearms licence
  • The CFP is up-to-date with the processing of licence renewal applications and the production of firearms licence cards
  • Clients are strongly encouraged to submit their licence renewals online

How does this affect businesses?

In addition to individual licences being extended as a result of Bill C-20, the CFP has extended business licences and carrier licenses that expired between September 23 and December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Firearm licence renewal

  • The processing of firearms licence renewal applications submitted by mail has been significantly affected
  • We recommend submitting your application to renew your firearms licence via Individual Web Services
  • Individuals can check the status of their firearms licence application via Individual Web Services

If you are looking for statistics on the Canadian Firearms Program, please visit the latest annual report.

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