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Ontario Launches Online Ice Hut Registration

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Ontario Launches Online Ice Hut Registration

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

The Ontario government is making it easier and faster to register new ice fishing huts. On October 7, 2014, individuals and businesses can register their ice fishing huts online free of charge.

Ice hut registration is only required in Fisheries Management Zones 9 to 12 and 14 to 20. Ice huts that are tents made of fabric covering the base area of 7 square meters (75.4 square feet) or less do not need to be registered or display a number.

The online registry will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An individual or business only needs to register for an ice hut number once. Previously issued ice hut numbers continue to be valid and there is no need to re-register.

Each year, about 1.3 million licensed anglers fish in Ontario, growing the province's economy by $2.5 billion.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s lakes and rivers are home to 160 types of freshwater fish.
  • An individual or business can access the registration form online through ontario.ca/icefishing.
  • A paper registration form is available by request by calling 1-855-613-4256 or emailing mnr.rasc@ontario.ca.
  • ServiceOntario centres can also assist in accessing the forms through a public access terminal and printing off a paper copy.
  • Additional permits or authorizations may be required for those planning to use an ice fishing hut in a provincial park.

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