Ontario CFO on track to reduce backlog of restricted transfer requests

May 4, 2018
Posted in Advisory, News
May 4, 2018 Brent Lucas

Ontario CFO on track to reduce backlog of restricted transfer requests

OPP Sgt. Wayne Johnson at the Ontario Chief Firearms Office confirmed yesterday the office has made significant progress reducing the backlog of restricted transfer requests from dealers, reducing the backlog from 3,300 just three weeks ago to approximately 700 at the end of the day yesterday.  The office processed nearly 1400 transfers yesterday alone.

The improvement comes after receiving a letter of complaint from the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) on behalf of Ontario retailers.  The CFO implemented a plan that included one day a week of “all hands” assigned to processing transfer requests.  Now, all CFO staff are trained and able to process transfers.  Sgt. Johnson said the practice will remain in effect when demand increases in order to avoid future backlogs.

Sgt. Johnson explained that volume has risen dramatically over the past year; the office regularly receives between 150 and 300 transfer requests per day and more on weekends.  Staff frequently come in Monday morning to find more than 500 new requests have come in over the weekend.  In an earlier conversation, Johnson explained that the office used to staff up on weekends to keep the backlog at bay, but a lack of budget support for the department has meant less funding for overtime or increased staffing.

The CSAAA will be meeting with the new Ontario Chief Firearms Officer OPP Superintendent Dwight Peer, Sgt. Johnson and other key members of the CFO staff to improve dialogue between the department and the firearms business community.

For more information, contact:

Ontario Chief Firearms Office


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Comments (3)

  1. Sb

    We need to do this again…. 500 processed in last month and there a 6k backlog….

  2. Norman Gardner Gardner

    I plan on going to Florida this coming winter and wished to renew my licence prior to leaving as my birthday and expiration of the licence is in February and I certainly do not wish to be unlicensed so I forwarded my renewal in early May, my cheque was cashed on June 4 and it is now July 29. I just learned that there is a backlog but I was just wondering when I might receive my renewal. It would appear that with the extra conditions regarding transporting for repairs, the border etc. that there will be renewed pressure on your department for permits to transport but I just wished to have an idea when mine would be issued.
    Thank you for your anticipated response.

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