Apply for a tidal waters fishing licence (British Columbia)

All anglers must have a licence to fish tidal (salt) waters in the British Columbia. It is best to purchase your licence online before you head out, as many fishing locations do not have an Independent Access Provider who sells fishing licences.

Licences are purchased annually and are good from April 1 to March 30.

Licence fees

Licence type & duration Fee: resident Fee: non-resident
Annual licence, Adult (16-64 years of age) $22.05 $106.05
Annual licence, Senior (65 years of age and over) $11.55 $106.05
Annual licence, Juvenile (under 16 years of age) Free Free
5 day licence $16.80 $32.55
3 day licence $11.55 $19.95
1 day licence $5.51 $7.35
Salmon Conservation Stamp (annual) $6.30 $6.30

A Canadian resident is an individual who normally lives in Canada; proof of residency may be requested. A non-resident is anyone who does not live in Canada. All posted licence fees include taxes.

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Contact information

By phone (toll-free):
1-877-535-7307
By email:
fishing-peche@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
By fax:
604-666-5855

Want fishing updates by phone?

Call our 24-hour phone line to get red tide and sanitary closure updates, fishery openings and closures, plus other info for your area: 1-866-431-FISH or 604-666-2828.