Act and Regulations

The Explosives Act requires anyone working with explosives to have a licence, certificate or permit issued by the Minister of Natural Resources. There may be exceptions to this for certain explosives and storage activities—which are regulated provincially—as well as for the use of some low-hazard explosives, low-hazard pyrotechnic devices, sporting ammunition and consumer fireworks.

The Explosives Act covers much more than just blasting explosives. It covers also fireworks, pyrotechnics, propellant powders, ammunition, rocket motors and restricted components.

The Explosives Regulations provide regulations for the safe and secure handling of explosives.


Explosives Regulations, 2013
Read the Explosives Regulations, 2013 for more details about the rules related to the safe and secure handling of explosives in Canada.

Explosives security partnership
Read about Canada’s voluntary program to protect the Canadian commercial explosives supply chain using a variety of safety and security measures.

Service standards for high-volume regulatory authorizations
Learn about Canada’s service standards for a range of activities related to explosives, from authorizations to permits, licenses and security screening.

US–Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Regulatory Partnership Statement
Read about how Canada and the US collaborate on aligning and promoting the safe management of explosives materials.



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