Acquisition, Storage and Sale

To acquire, sell and store explosives, you must have a dwelling, storage unit or explosives licence, depending on the quantity and type of explosives being handled. Handlers must be at least 18 years of age or older unless otherwise exempted by the Explosives Act and Regulations.

The table below contains definitions for some of the key terms used in the Act and Regulations.

Definitions
Gross Mass (gm) The total mass of the explosives, including the mass of any packaging or container
Net Explosives Quantity (NEQ) The mass of the explosives excluding the mass of any packaging or container
Dwelling All or part of a building or structure that is kept or occupied as a permanent or temporary residence, and includes:
  1. a building within the curtilage of a house that is connected to it by a doorway or by a covered and enclosed passageway, and
  2. a unit that is designed to be mobile and to be used as a permanent or temporary residence and that is being used as such a residence.
Storage unit An unlicensed building, structure, place or container in which explosives are stored. Does not include a dwelling or any structure, place or container in a dwelling.
Explosives licence A licence authorizing the acquisition and storage of explosives for use and/or sale.
 

Industrial Explosives
Read about the regulations for acquiring, storing and selling industrial explosives.

Fireworks
Find out what the requirements are for legally handling fireworks.

Rocket motors
Learn about the requirements for acquiring, storing and selling special purpose explosives.

Special purpose explosives
Read about the regulations for acquiring, storing and selling industrial explosives.

Propellants and ammunition
Read about the requirements of acquiring, storing and selling propellants and ammunitions.

Application forms and fees for acquisition storage and sale
Find links to the forms, guidelines, standards and fees involved in getting permission to acquire, store or sell explosives.

 
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