Bringing a shotgun or rifle into Canada on a temporary basis is neither complicated nor onerous.  The following is a brief overview of the process – for more information and links to the required forms, please click here.

There are essentially two ways to import a non-restricted firearm into Canada.  There is a one-time process that requires the importer to complete (but not sign) a form prior to arriving at the border.  This allows the importer to temporarily import one or more firearms for a period of up to 60 days for a fee of $25.  The form 5589 will work for as many as three firearms.  If you wish to import four or more firearms, the form 5590 is required in addition to the 5589.

The second process requires the importer to obtain a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) that will allow the importer to import non-restricted firearms into Canada for a five-year period.  The cost of the PAL is $60.  Despite not requiring a form, all firearms must nevertheless be declared at the border.