Angling Guide Licence - Freshwater

Angling Guide Licence - Freshwater

Angling Guide Licence - Freshwater: An application for a licence to guide anglers in unclassified and/or classified waters. An angling guide is a person licensed as an angling guide under the Wildlife Act.

Related Activities: Guide Outfitter Licence, Guide Outfitter Territory Certificate, Transporter Licence

Contents:

About this Activity Guide

This guide summarizes the most common requirements and recommendations for your chosen activity and is designed to help you submit a complete application. Be aware that this information is for guidance purposes only.

Mandatory Authorizations

Authorization Name Link to Application
Commercial Angling Guide Licence (Wildlife Act) Apply Now

Costs

Cost may be a specific value or range of values. The cost includes GST, where applicable.

Cost Type Cost Description Cost Link to Details
Licence fee 1-year licence fee plus Habitat Conservation Trust Fund (HCTF) $400 + $50
Late and Amendment fee A late fee applies to new applications received after January 15th or renewal applications received after May 31. An amendment fee applies to any amendments submitted after January 15. This includes changes to the Angling Guide Operating Plan. $50
Classified Angler day fees Variable Variable, see link Schedule C.1. Angling and Scientific Collection Regulation

Eligibility Requirements

Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements prior to applying.

Requirement Description
Citizenship Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
Age Be 19 years of age or older.
Liability Insurance Have no less than $2,000,000 public liability insurance that is applicable to his or her angling guide business, in effect during the period for which the angling guide will operate.
Angling Guide Exam Pass Must satisfy the Regional Fish and Wildlife Manager that you have a working knowledge of the Wildlife Act and Regulations. This is done through the successful completion of the Angling Guide Exam, which requires a minimum 80% passing grade.
Reports (applies to renewals) Angling guides must report annually all guiding activity by March 31; or April 30 when there is guiding activity from March 1 - March 31.
Fees (applies to renewals) Must have paid Classified Angler day fees from previous year(s).
Angling Guide Operating Plan (Applies to Renewals) Must have a valid Angling Guide Operating Plan (AGOP). AGOPs are only required to be completed every five years (from the last date the AGOP was signed off by Regional Manager) unless it changes from the previous year, then a new AGOP must be submitted. All AGOPs must be approved by the Regional Manager.

Information Requirements

Requirement Description Link to Details
Angling Guide Licence Application - New
  1. Applicant details;
  2. Provide region(s) you wish to guide;
  3. Provide proof of successful pass of Angling Guide Exam;
  4. Attach a completed Angling Guide Operating Plan (AGOP), which outlines your angling guide business, including the waters on which you propose to guide. A separate operating plan must be completed for classified and unclassified waters.
Angling Guide Online Application
Angling Guide Licence Application - Renewal
  1. Applicant details;
  2. Provide region(s) you wish to guide;
  3. Ensure reporting requirements for previous licence have been submitted. Angling guides must report all guiding activity by March 31 (or April 30 where there is guiding activity during March). Reports must be submitted online through the Angling Guide Reporting web site.; and
  4. Classified Angler day fees must be paid.
Angling Guide Online Application
Angling Guide Operating Plan - Classified Outlines your angling guide business, including the waters on which you propose to guide. A separate operating plan must be completed for classified and unclassified waters. Include in your plan:
  1. Applicant details;
  2. Description of operation;
  3. Waterbody names and management units;
  4. number of classified angler days; and
  5. Species.
Angling Guide Operating Plan - Class I and II Waters
Angling Guide Operating Plan - Unclassified Outline your angling guide business, including the waters on which you propose to guide. A separate operating plan must be completed for classified and unclassified waters. Include in your plan:
  1. Applicant details;
  2. Description of operation;
  3. Waterbody names and management units;
  4. Number of unclassified angler days; and
  5. Species.
Angling Guide Operating Plan - Unclassified Waters
Angling Guide Operating Plan - Addendum - Unclassified If additional unclassified waters are required, an addendum must be completed. Angling Guide Operating Plan - Unclassified Waters - Addendum
Angling Guide Reports
  1. Angling Guide information;
  2. Angler information (number of anglers: from BC, from the rest of Canada and outside Canada);
  3. Location details; and
  4. Species kept and Species released for each species.
Angling Guide Report Submission

Potential Additional Requirements

Requirement Description When is it Required?
Angling Guide Exam The Angling Guide exam is a screening tool. A mark of 80% is required to pass the exam. However under Section 50 of the Wildlife Act, the Regional Manager must be satisfied that the applicant has a working knowledge of the Wildlife Act and Regulations and the Fisheries Act and its Regulations. This may require further consultation in addition to the exam. First time Angling Guide licence applicants require a passing grade on the Angling Guide Exam. If you have not held an Angling Guide Licence for more than 5 years a rewrite is required.
Assistant angling guide licence
  1. Must be a person who is a citizen of Canada or a permanent resident of Canada;
  2. Must be 19 years old (Regional Manager may consider application of a minor where special circumstances exist); and
  3. Be employed by a licenced Angling Guide (hiring angling guide must sign licence application form and provide guide number).
If you need help guiding your clients by hiring an assistant guide and need this licence, you will need to complete the Assistant Angling Guide Licence application. An assistant angling guide is a person licensed as such under the Wildlife Act.
Link Description
Angling Guide Operating Plan - Class I and II Waters A web page providing an Angling Guide Operating Plan form for classified waters.
Angling Guide Operating Plan - Unclassified Waters A web page providing an Angling Guide Operating Plan form for unclassified waters.
Commercial Recreation Park Use Permit Application An online application form for obtaining a Commercial Recreation Park Use permit.

Other Things You Should Know

Archaeology Information
Archaeological sites are protected under the Heritage Conservation Act and must not be altered or damaged without a permit issued by the Archaeology Branch. Information regarding potential risks to protected archaeological sites may be obtained by submitting an online data request form to the Archaeology Branch or by contacting a professional archaeologist via the BC Association of Professional Archaeologists (www.bcapa.ca) or via local directories. Visit the Archaeology Branch website for more information.

BCeID - What Is It and Why Get It?
BCeID is an online service that allows you to create a user ID and password to sign in securely to many Government services in British Columbia. The benefits of having a BCeID account include:

  • Stop and start. Save and return later to complete your application without losing any information previously entered.
  • Real time status information. Check the status of your application in real time.
  • Access your applications for multiple people (Business BCeID only) to edit or submit your application or check its status. To enroll in this service, visit the BCeID web page: FrontCounter BC - BCeID

Consulting with First Nations
The Province is legally obligated to consult and accommodate First Nations, where required, on land and resource decisions that could impact their Aboriginal Interests. While the Province is responsible for ensuring adequate and appropriate consultation and accommodation, it may involve the proponent in the procedural aspects of consultation. Also, proponents are generally encouraged to engage with First Nations as early as possible in the planning stages to build relationships and for information sharing purposes that may support consultation processes. More information is available in the following guidelines and procedure manuals designed to assist government officials and proponents with meeting consultation obligations with First Nations. For further assistance, please contact the appropriate decision making agency.

Legal Disclaimer
This guide provides the most current and accurate information available to the Government of British Columbia at the time of publishing; however, we make no warranty regarding the completeness, currency or accuracy of this information. This information is for guidance purposes only and does not replace legislated requirements. Each application is unique and circumstances may result in additional requirements beyond those included in this guide.

Last Updated: August 30, 2016