In Canada, fireworks are separated into three different classes:
- Consumer Fireworks are low-hazard firework articles designed for recreational use by the public. These articles include items such as roman candles, sparklers, fountains, wheels, volcanoes, mines, and snakes.
- Display Fireworksare high-hazard firework articles designed for use by professionals. These articles include items such as aerial shells, cakes, roman candles, waterfalls, lances and wheels.
- Pyrotechnic Special Effects are high-hazard pyrotechnics articles designed for use by professionals. These articles include items such as gerbs, mines, comets and crossettes. This class also includes special purpose pyrotechnics manufactured live stage and the film and television industry.
To use Display Fireworks or Pyrotechnic Special Effects you must be certified by Natural Resources Canada. Please refer to the National Fireworks Certification Program for further details.
You do not need to be certified by Natural Resources Canada to use Consumer Fireworks but before using this type of firework please check any municipal or provincial requirements that may be in place to control the use of consumer fireworks in your area. Please refer to the Consumer Fireworks Safety page for simple safety procedures to ensure a fun but safe consumer fireworks display.
If you have an incident involving fireworks, please report to ERD using the Incident Report Form (Form 34).