In accordance with the Firearms Act, the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) oversees firearms licences and registration, maintains national firearm safety training standards, assists law enforcement agencies and aims to enhance public safety. Firearms in Canada continue to be regulated by the Firearms Act and Part III of the Criminal Code.
Services and information
Information about requirements for firearms licences, including exceptions in certain circumstances, for individuals and businesses.
Information about the procedures and regulations for importing and exporting firearms, ammunition and list of licensed carriers.
Information about types of firearms and firearm registration requirements for restricted and prohibited firearms.
Information about the requirements for buying, selling and transferring firearms.
Information on firearms safety training and guidelines for safe practices in storing, transporting, and displaying firearms.
Information for executors of estates and beneficiaries of firearms, including the legal procedures involved.
Information on design guidelines and sound requirements for shooting clubs and ranges.
Firearms in Canada fall into three different classes: non-restricted, restricted, and prohibited.
Information about the History of firearms in Canada.
Firearms forms for individuals, businesses and police and public agencies.
Chief firearms' officers contact information.
Information to contact the Canadian Firearms Program.
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- Changes to service fees