Starting January 1, 2001, new gun laws require that every visitor to Canada bringing firearms must comply with a registration process. (Non-Resident Firearms Declaration)
The Non-Resident Firearms Declaration Form CAFC 909 EF, and it's continuation sheet Form CAFC 910 EF (you will need ADOBE Reader to view these forms) must be presented in triplicate, unsigned, to a customs officer at your first point of entry into Canada. The Saskatchewan outfitting industry does not approve of this legislation, however we must abide by it.
(Remember to download 3 copies of each to present at the customs gate, NOTE do not sign them until you are present in front of the Canadian Customs officer)
Our industry is negotiating with various levels of government to expedite the implementation of these new laws. The fee for this Non-Resident Firearms Declaration process is twenty five ($25.00) Canadian dollars.
We suggest that our clients attach a Canadian twenty and five dollar bill, $25.00, (available at many U.S. Banks) to their form, to simplify and shorten the process for the Canada Customs officers. Canada Customs will also accept major credit cards, but this will slow the entry process. Since Canada Customs also has to look at each firearm, provisions are being made to facilitate this at the airport as your form is processed.
The Saskatchewan Outfitter's Association (SOA) is taking a proactive approach to dealing with this new legislation. The SOA is therefore offering a Hunter Safety Instructor's Course to every outfitter in the province, so that they can further assist their repeat clients. Qualified outfitters will instruct clients through a simple course that will result in the issuing of a five year license that will greatly simplify traveling to Canada with firearms. The SOA is actively involved with Canada Customs, the Saskatoon Airport Authority, all associated airlines and other agencies to ensure that your arrival is reasonable and as smooth as possible.
By advising our clients of this situation we are also asking for your patience and consideration. Although we do not agree with these laws, we must abide by them, and we sincerely appreciate your assisting us as we all experience these changes.