Get a Fishing Licence

  • You need a Sport Fishing licence to fish in the NWT unless you are under 16 years of age or over 65 years of age.
  • Special Management Areas and National Parks may require additional licenses or validation – for all ages.
  • See the table below for licence classification, eligibility, and costs.
  • All annual sport fishing licences expire on March 31.

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Buying a fishing licence

All fishing licences are now processed through the secure NWT eServices online portal. If you don’t have “Fishing Licence” set up on your account, you can simply “add a service”.

If you need to create a new NWT eServices account you can find the instructions here: https://www.gov.nt.ca/en/nwt-eservices-portal-help

Fishing licence types and fees

Class Type fee gst total fee valid for
F1 NWT Resident $10.76 $0.54 $11.30 Season
(Valid until March 31st each year)
F2 Resident Canadian $21.51 $1.07 $22.58 Season 
(Valid until March 31st each year)
F3 Non-resident $43.03 $2.15 $45.18

Season

(Valid until March 31st each year)

F4 Over 65 Free -- --

Season

(Valid until March 31st each year)

F5 Under 16 Free -- --

Season

(Valid until March 31st each year)

F6

3 day
Resident Canadian
$16.14 $0.81 $16.95 3 days
F7 3 day
Non-resident
$32.27 $1.61 $33.88 3 days
F9 1 day
Resident Canadian
$10.76 $0.54 $11.30 1 day
F10 1 day
Non-resident
$10.76 $0.54 $11.30 1 day

Special Management Areas

Visit Closed waters and special permit areas for more information on each area.

Class type eligibility fee gst total fee Valid for
F8 Beneficiary Not available online as you must provide extra documentation to the regional office before it can be issued Free -- -- --
I1 Inuvialuit Settlement Region Special Management Area Required for any person to fish in this area.
You will eed your standard licence AND an I1 licence (regardless of age or residency)
Not available online as you must provide extra documentation to the regional office before it can be issued.
Free -- -- The period of your licence
M1 Great Bear Lake Special Management Area Required for any person to fish this area.
You will need your standard licence AND an M1 licence (regardless of age or residency)
$10.76 $0.54 $11.30 The period of your licence
-- Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area An NWT Sport Fishing Licence AND a separate National Wildlife Area Permit are required for sport fishing inside the boundary of this wildlife area.
Request a permit by emailing: CWSPermitNorth@ec.gc.ca
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-- National Parks, National Park Reserves, or National Historic Sites An NWT Sport Fishing Licence is not valid in national areas.
A separate Parks Canada sport fishing licence is required for each area.
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Residency and Age Descriptions

NWT Resident NWT resident with a valid NWT address (for at least 3 months prior to licence date).
Resident Canadian Canadian citizen or permanent resident with a valid Canadian address.
Non-resident Not a Canadian resident and does not have a valid NWT or Canadian address (16 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a person holding a valid Sport Fishing Licence).
Under 16 Must have a valid NWT or Canadian address AND be 16 years of age or younger.
Over 65 Must have a valid NWT or Canadian address AND be 65 years of age or older.