Yes it is here. All non residents who are bringing their own firearms into Canada must register them. At present there are 3 ways of abiding by the Canadian Firearms Legislation and they are as follows:
- If you are clearing customs in Saskatoon as you would with a NorthWest flight you can pre-register with a VISA, MasterCard or American Express by fax with Canada customs in Saskatoon. To do this you need to create a cover letter which should include your name, address and contact phone # along with the date time and flight number into Saskatoon (do not do this if you are flying with Air Canada and doing customs in Toronto).
Put on this same letter the type of card you are using (only VISA, MasterCard or American Express), the card # and the expiry date. Next you need to download a copy of the CAFC 909 EF form from the Canadian Firearms Program. You will need Adobe Reader to open this download. Once you have the form in hand, simply fill it out. Note that it has room for 3 different firearms (most people only bring 1 or 2 at most) and note as well that your printer will spit out 3 copies—you only need to fax one to Canada Customs. Once you have the form completed, fax Canada Customs in Saskatoon at (306) 975-5917 and give them a minimum of 3 weeks to process. Once customs in Saskatoon has your application they will FAX back your confirmed registration to you so that you can have it with you when you do customs in Saskatoon. If for any reason you arrive without it you will have to start over again when you get to Saskatoon. If you have done all this your preregistration should be complete and your processing time in Saskatoon will be shorter. Their phone numbers are (306) 975-4755 and (306) 975-5110, but only use these numbers if you are concerned about something specific. They have told me that if they do not contact you within 2 weeks then no news is good news – there is nothing wrong with your application and they will be expecting you in Saskatoon on the flight you noted.
- If you are arriving by Air Canada or driving up you would be best to get a "Non-Resident Firearm Declaration" (Form CAFC 909 EF) in advance of your arrival in Canada. To obtain these forms please call 1-800-731-4000 if calling from the US or 1-506-624-5380 from elsewhere. The forms can also be downloaded at The Canadian Firearms Centre's webpage. You should fill out the forms in triplicate before you get to the border but do not sign section C until you are in front of a customs agent! Cost is approximately $25.00 US.
- You can challenge the Canadian firearms Exam and apply for the same 5 year license that all Canadians are required to have. To do this you must locate a qualified instructor and schedule a challenge exam. The costs of this exam are a fixed cost of $25.00 for the actual exam and usually an additional charge for instructor travel costs. Once you have passed the exam the application will cost approx. $40 for a 5 year license.
Once obtained the 5 yr PAL can be renewed without rewriting the Canadian Firearms Exam. This one time fee of Can $18.00 is for all the guns that an individual wants to register in Canada (this is not a per gun fee)
For those hunters who might want to store a firearm in Canada you can do so as long as the individual you are leaving it with, and for legal purposes lending it to, has a valid posession and acquisition firearms license. We will be offering this service to all of our clients free of charge!
If you are coming from the United States, Customs Officials will require a 4475 Form in order to bring your firearm back into the United States. These can be obtained at no charge from your local customs office.