Explosives Offices

Explosives Regulatory Division

The Explosives Regulatory Division (ERD) is responsible for administering Canada’s Explosives Act and Regulations.  ERD operates with two main goals in mind:  first, to ensure public safety; and second, to strengthen national security.

ERD is located within the Explosives Branch headquarters in Ottawa and has regional offices in Saint-Hyacinthe (Eastern region), Ottawa (Central region), Calgary (Western region) and Vancouver (Pacific region).

Under Canada’s Explosives Act and Regulations, ERD:

  • administers a system of explosives authorization and licensing supported by a    compliance inspection and restoration program; and
  • is developing and delivering security programs aimed at:
    • protecting explosives and explosives precursors, such as ammonium nitrate, from acquisition for criminal and terrorists purposes, and
    • improving explosives storage and transportation security.

ERD works to ensure compliance with the Explosives Act and Regulations in the manufacture, importation, sale and storage of many types of explosives, including:

  • blasting explosives
  • fireworks
  • pyrotechnics (special effects)
  • ammunition
  • propellant powders

For more information on ERD services, please contact:


580 Booth Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa (ON)  K1A 0E4
Tel: 613-948-5200
Fax: 613-948-5195

Pacific Region: British Columbia and Yukon

1500 - 605 Robson St.
Vancouver (BC)  V6B 5J3
Tel: 604-666-0366
Fax: 604-666-0399

Western Region: Alberta, Saskatchewan and North-West Territories

214 - 755 Lake Bonavista Dr. SE
Calgary (AB)  T2J 0N3
Tel: 403-292-4766
Fax: 403-292-4689

Central Region: Ontario and Manitoba

580 Booth Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa (ON)  K1A 0E4
Tel: 343-292-8740
Fax: 613-948-5195

Eastern Region: Quebec, Nunavut and Atlantic Provinces

1615 Lionel Boulet Blvd., PO Box 4800
Varennes, QC J3X 1S6
Tel: 450-652-0703
Fax: 450-652-4225