Frequently Asked Questions - Stakeholders

Attention Explosives Licence Stakeholders

The explosives industry must increase its level of vigilance.

Q. Why do we need a higher level of vigilance in the explosives industry?

Terrorism and criminal use of explosives continue to be a danger in Canada. Internationally, nearly all terrorist attacks have been carried out with explosives. Increased awareness of this danger within the explosives industry can help strengthen national security. It can help to keep explosives from becoming deadly weapons in the hands of terrorists and other criminals.

Q. What precautions will the explosives industry be taking?

We are asking the explosives industry to make sure that:

  • all new purchasers or new licence-holders are who they say they are,
  • access to explosives is limited to those who require it, and
  • explosives inventories are regularly checked and accounted for.

Q. What will the government be doing to improve security?

The government is working to raise the level of explosives security nationwide by:

  • Strengthening relations with members of the explosives industry (for example, by helping raise awareness of the risks the explosives industry faces);
  • Encouraging a more effective exchange of information with law enforcement agencies;
  • Cooperating more closely with the Canadian Border Services Agency, to keep illicit shipments of explosives from entering the country through the Canada–U.S. border; and
  • Subjecting new licence applications and applicants to a higher level of scrutiny.

Q. How will all this affect licence-holders?

  • If you are an established licence-holder known to vendors who wants to buy explosives, you will probably not be affected at all.
  • If you are a new licence-holder who wants to buy explosives, you may be asked to show a piece of government-issued photo identification (for example, a driver’s licence) when purchasing explosives. The vendor may also ask you a few questions about how you mean to use the items you are purchasing.

Q. What can you do?

You can help by letting us know right away about any suspicious activities. It is not necessary to give your name; any information you give is confidential.

For more information, please contact the Explosives Regulatory Division (ERD).

Explosives Security Partnership: Canada is Counting on You (PDF, 3.53 Mb)