Propellants and Ammunition

To acquire, store or sell propellants and ammunition, 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.

Black powder, smokeless powder and small arms cartridges

The table below shows the regulations for storing and selling three categories of propellants and ammunitions: black powder, smokeless powder and small arms cartridges. The requirements are the same whether using or selling, and Part 14 of the Regulations applies to all three categories.

Explosive Type Regulations for use and sale
Black powder (Type P.1) Quantity Requirement
1 kg or less; or 3 kg or less (contained in cartridges) Dwelling attached to other dwelling
10 kg or less Detached dwelling or storage unit attached to detached dwelling
75 kg or less Storage unit
More than 75 kg Explosives licence
Smokeless powder
(Type P.2)
5 kg or less
(> 1 kg containers)
Dwelling attached to other dwelling
20 kg or less
(<= 1 kg containers)
Dwelling attached to other dwelling
25 kg or less
(inclusive of all propellant powders)
Detached dwelling or storage unit attached to detached dwelling
75 kg or less Storage unit
More than 75 kg Explosives licence
Small arms cartridges (Type C.1) 225 kg NEQ or less Dwelling or storage unit
More than 225 kg NEQ Explosives licence

Power device cartridges and percussion caps

The table below shows the regulations for storing and selling power devices and percussion caps. For these types of explosives, using and selling have different requirements. (See Part 14 of the regulations for percussion caps, Part 12 for power device cartridges.)

Explosive Type Regulations for use Regulations for sale
Power device cartridges (Type C.2) Quantity Requirement Quantity Requirement
50,000 units or less Dwelling or storage unit 50,000 units or less Dwelling
More than 50,000 units Explosives licence 150,000 units or less Storage unit
More than 150,000 units Explosives licence
Percussion caps
(Type C.3)
Any quantity Dwelling or storage unit Any quantity Dwelling or storage unit
 

Black powder
Read about the regulations that pertain to the acquisition, storage and sale of black powder, an extremely flammable substance that can detonate under certain conditions.

Smokeless powder
Read about the regulations that pertain to the acquisition, storage and sale of smokeless powder, an extremely flammable substance that can detonate.

Percussion caps
Read about the regulations that pertain to the acquisition, storage and sale of percussion caps—small metal casings at the base of small-arms cartridges that are filled with impact-sensitive explosives.

Ammunition
Read about the regulations that pertain to the acquisition, storage and sale of small-arms cartridges, also known as ammunition.

Power device cartridges
Read about the regulations that pertain to the acquisition, storage and sale of power device cartridges, used in explosive powered tools such as powder-actuated nail guns.