What is the Minimum legal age to obtain a Canada PAL?. (Non-Restricted Youth PAL)
Here at FIRINGLINE we get lot's of questions and see lot's of online discussion about many firearms (PAL) related Topics. Here's an FYI on a very often asked question. This information was extracted and placed here from the
Canadian government website. www.justicelaws.ca
Also please ask us about or special minors rates regarding course fees weather a minor is permitted to take the course individually or if they join any adult parent or guardian who is attending.
Special Cases — Persons:
Minors. Age 12 years and up
(1) An individual who is less than eighteen years old and who is otherwise eligible to hold a licence is not eligible to hold a licence except as provided in this section.
(Firing line translation / explanation:
A minor CAN take the Canadian firearms safety (PAL) course (Non restricted)(CFSC)Only.
Also please note: When a person with a Minor's PAL turns 18 years old they can just reapply for their regular non restricted Canada PAL. They do NOT have to take the course over!. This important note is not very often explained to people!. Once a person turns 18 they just fill out the adult application and send it in for processing. It's just that simple.
Note: A minor can NOT take the restricted Canada PAL course(CRFSC) until they turn 18.
Minors can take the non restricted PAL course for the reasons listed below.
Minors hunting as a way of life:
(2) An individual who is less than eighteen years old and who hunts or traps as a way of life is eligible to hold a licence if the individual needs to hunt or trap in order to sustain himself or herself or his or her family.
(3) An individual who is twelve years old or older but less than eighteen years old is eligible to hold a licence authorizing the individual to possess, in accordance with the conditions attached to the licence, a firearm for the purpose of target practice, hunting or instruction in the use of firearms or for the purpose of taking part in an organized competition. No prohibited or restricted firearms.
(4) An individual who is less than eighteen years old is NOT eligible to hold a licence authorizing the individual to possess prohibited firearms or restricted firearms or to acquire firearms or cross-bows.
Consent of parent or guardian,(Required)
(5) An individual who is less than eighteen years old IS eligible to hold a licence only, If a parent or person who has custody of the individual has consented, in writing or in any other manner that is satisfactory to the chief firearms officer, to the issuance of the licence.
If you have any other questions regarding the Minors section of the Canada firearms act or content posted here on the specific topic please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to assist you.
Here are some other helpful links for information as well:
WEBSITE, WWW.RCMP.GC.CA/CFP or call Toll free: 1 (800) 731 4000
WEBSITE, WWW.AHEIA.COM Email:firstname.lastname@example.org or call,Toll Free: 1-866-852-4342
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