Importation

The Explosives Regulatory Division controls the type and quantity of authorized explosives that are imported into Canada with Importation Permits and through Importation Reporting.

Except for explosives under the direct control of the Department of National Defence and personal exemptions, an importation permit is required to import explosives into Canada. Generally, importation permits are granted for the explosives that appear on the List of Authorized Explosives. In order to import large quantities of explosives, licensing for storage is also required.

Listed below are the two types of Importation Permits available through ERD:

Type A (Annual) Import Permit

  • This type of Importation Permit is valid for unlimited shipments during a 12-month period; however, the quantity is restricted to the storage and licence capacity of the importer, or as allowed by the permit. Annual Import Permits can be amended after they have been issued.

Type G (General) Import Permit

  • The General Importation Permit is valid for a single importation during a 12-month period. The quantity is restricted to the storage and licence capacity of the importer, or as allowed by the permit. Once a general permit has been issued, no amendments will be allowed.

Personal Exemptions

The Exemption Table in the Explosive Regulations outlines what types and quantities of explosives can be imported into Canada for personal use and not for sale without an importation permit.

Consumer fireworks are not exempted.

Explosives that may be imported without an explosives importation permit
Explosives Type Quantity
Safety cartridges 5000
Percussion caps (primers) for safety cartridges 5000
Empty primed cartridge cases 5000
Gunpowder (black powder) in canisters of 500 grams or less
Smokeless powder in canisters of 4000 grams or less
8 kilograms
Model rocket engines 6
Pyrotechnic distress signals and lifesaving devices Any quantity necessary for the safe operation of the aircraft, train, vessel or vehicle in which they are transported, or for the safety of the occupants