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Canada. 2015 ‘Safety Training.’ Canadian Firearm Program: Facts and figures (Ocotber - December 2014). Ottawa: Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 2 March
Firearms safety training is a fundamental element of the Canadian Firearms Program. To obtain a PAL or a Minor's Licence an applicant must have satisfied the requirements of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC). It is also possible in some cases for a PAL applicant to receive alternative certification.
To own or acquire restricted firearms, an individual must satisfy the requirements of the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) or have been alternatively certified, in addition to having satisfied the requirements of the CFSC. These courses help ensure that those who possess and use firearms are fully aware of their responsibility for the safe handling, transport and storage of firearms.
Total Number of Training Certificates since before 1999 - 2013
No. of Alternate Certifications: 42,231
No. of CFSCs: 92,243
No. of CFSC Students: 903,830
No. of CRFSC: 34,200
No. of CRFSC Students: 234,726
[Note: These figures exclude those individuals who have taken the above courses in Quebec.]