Special Purpose Explosives

To acquire, store or sell rocket special purpose explosives, you need a dwelling, storage unit or explosives licence, depending on the quantity and type of explosives being handled. Anyone handling explosives must be at least 18 years of age or older unless otherwise exempted by the Explosives Act and Regulations.

For more information, see Part 13 of the Explosives Regulations.

The table below shows the regulations related to the acquisition and storage of special purpose explosives, for use and for sale.

Explosives Type

For Use

For sale

Quantity Requirement Quantity Requirement
Low-hazard special purpose (Type S.1) 40 kg or less Dwelling 100 kg or less Storage unit attached to dwelling
1,000 kg or less Storage Unit 1,000 kg or less Storage unit
More than 1,000 kg Explosives Licence More than 1,000 kg Explosives licence
High-hazard special purpose (Type S.2) 20 kg or less Storage Unit Any quantity Explosives licence
More than 20 kg Explosives Licence
 

Low-hazard special purpose explosives
Read about the regulations involved in acquiring, selling and storing low-hazard, special purpose explosives.

High-hazard special purpose explosives
Read about the regulations involved in acquiring, selling and storing high-hazard, special purpose explosives.

Regulatory reminder re: reactive targets, high-hazard special purpose explosives
Read about the regulations that pertain to the use of binary kits/exploding targets, which are subject to federal laws.

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