OFA provides comments to the Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch regarding the financial penalty for failing to submit a mandatory hunter report. OFA supports the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry’s proposal to establish a financial penalty for hunters that fail to submit a mandatory hunting report. Information provided by hunters through mandatory hunter reporting helps to manage wildlife in Ontario by monitoring wildlife populations, tag quotas, and helps to determine the availability of additional tags, changes to seasons, bag limits, and inform management policies. To maintain and improve participation in mandatory reporting, OFA supports implementing a mandatory financial penalty for hunters who fail to submit a hunter report. OFA recommends the Ministry determine a penalty fee that provides the necessary incentive for hunters to submit reports and increase response rate but isn’t too burdensome or creates a financial barrier to participation in hunting activities. OFA also supports maintaining a process to consider waiving penalties in limited, exceptional circumstances such as sudden injury, illness, or an error in the fish and wildlife licensing service.
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA submission to the Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch regarding the financial penalty for failing to submit a mandatory hunter report
Updated: August 25, 2021