Sub-program 3.1.1

Explosives Safety and Security


Explosives are essential for many economic activities but are inherently dangerous. Strict controls are needed to protect Canadians from incidents that could result in death, serious injury, and economic and environmental harm. This Sub-program administers and enforces the Explosives Act and regulations that govern the manufacture, importation, transportation, sale, distribution and storage of explosives, including fireworks and pyrotechnics, and the sale of materials that can be used to produce explosives. Explosives use falls primarily within provincial jurisdiction. Activities include compliance promotion, outreach, inspections, investigations and enforcement of the Act and Regulations, testing and development of policies, procedures, guidelines, rules and standards, based on risk. The Sub-program is delivered by headquarters and regional inspectors, supported by a laboratory, and also supplies expertise to other federal government departments and agencies and to other law enforcement agencies.

Non-Financial Performance Information
Expected Result Performance Indicators Targets
Regulated establishments comply with regulatory requirements to protect Canadians from the dangers of explosives Percentage of explosives inspection reports rated satisfactory or better 70% or more by March 31, 2014
Stricter controls are maintained by distributors on chemicals commonly used to make explosives (precursor chemicals) Percentage of regulated precursor chemical distributors that provide documented evidence of the implementation of a voluntary Precursor Outreach Initiative (Precursor outreach initiative is the steps that the distributor will take to make stakeholders aware of the Restricted Components Regulations [e.g., distributing information sheets]) 75% or more by March 31, 2015
Financial Performance Information ($ thousands)
Planned Spending Main Estimates
5,069 4,351