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Service standards, fees adjustment, and fee remission policy

The Explosives Regulatory Division (ERD) will implement an annual adjustment to its fees for authorizations, permits, licences and certificates, based on the Consumer Price Index, as per Section 17 of the Service Fees Act.

As at April 1, 2019, all fees set out in PART 19 of the Explosives Regulations, 2013 were adjusted by the percentage change, over 12 months. This adjustment is based on the April All-items Consumer Price Index for Canada, as published by Statistics Canada under the Statistics Act, for the previous fiscal year. Since April 1, 2020, this annual adjustment does not apply to low-materiality fees as defined in the Low-materiality Fees Regulations.

ERD will process applications for licences, permits, and certificates within 30 business days of receipt of the complete documentation and fee payment in compliance with the requirements in the Explosives Regulations, 2013. This service standard applies to all ERD fees except in the case of applications for authorization as well as low materiality fees and initial factory licences, as noted in the table below. Decisions on applications for authorization will be made within 40 business days of receipt of the complete documentation in compliance with the requirements of the Explosives Regulations, 2013.

Effective April 1, 2021, in accordance with Section 7 of the Service Fees Act, ERD will remit a portion of each fee when its respective service standard has not been met due to circumstances within ERD’s control. No fee remissions will be made for amounts up to $2, which are deemed nil pursuant to the Low-value Amounts Regulations, and no interest will be included. Fee remissions will be issued in June, after the fiscal year in which the fee service standard was unmet, and in the same form as the fee was paid (e.g. refund to credit card) or by credit note.

The amount of fee that will be remitted for the unmet service standard is 15% of the fee paid for the first 15 business days beyond the expected service standard period and 25% of the fee paid for more than 16 business days beyond the expected service standard period. For example, if the applicant paid a fee of $166.46, and the application was processed in 34 days instead of within the applicable service standard of 30 days, then the amount of fee that will be remitted to the fee payer is $24.97 ($166.46 times 15%).

Item 2021-2022 Fees
1. Authorization for an indefinite period $12.00 for each explosive, subject to a minimum fee per application of $130.00 and a maximum fee of $2,601.00 per year, plus
(a) for an explosive *manufactured in Canada, $4.00 per year for each *explosive substance and each group of *explosive articles having the same design and construction (regardless of differences in size or colour effects), subject to a minimum fee per manufacturer of $130.00 per year and a maximum fee per manufacturer of $1,300.00 per year, and
(b) for an explosive manufactured outside Canada, $16.00 per year for each explosive substance and each group of explosive articles having the same design and construction (regardless of differences in size or colour effects), subject to a minimum fee per manufacturer of $130.00 per year and a maximum fee per manufacturer of $2,601.00 per year
2. Authorization for a specified period, for use other than at a special event, tour or international competition $156.00
3. Authorization for a specified period for use at a special event, tour or international competition $520.00 for each *pyrotechnic event or fireworks display, subject to a maximum fee of $2,601.00 for events or displays that are part of the same special event, tour or international competition
4. Single use permit $166.00
5. Annual permit $166.00 plus $21.00 for each 1 000 kg NEQ imported, subject to a maximum fee of $1,352.00, calculated
(a) on the basis of the estimated maximum quantity to be imported during the year, for an initial application, and
(b) on the basis of the quantity imported during the most recent year of importation, for any subsequent application
6. Initial division 1 factory licence to manufacture blasting or Subject to a minimum fee of $3,121.00 and a maximum fee of $31,211.00, the total of
(a) $832.00 for each process unit,
(b) $832.00 for each mobile process unit,
(c) $18.00 for each 1 000 kg NEQ storage limit increment of each magazine other than a detonator magazine, and
(d) $234.00 for each detonator magazine

ERD will process applications within 60 business days of receipt of complete documentation and fee payment that complies with the requirements in the Explosives Regulations, 2013.
7. Renewal of a division 1 factory licence to manufacture blasting or military explosives Subject to a minimum fee of $3,121.00 and a maximum fee of $31,211.00, the total of
(a) $598.00 for each process unit,
(b) $598.00 for each mobile process unit,
(c) $18.00 for each 1 000 kg NEQ storage limit increment of each magazine other than a detonator magazine, and
(d) $234.00 for each detonator magazine
8. Division 1 factory licence to manufacture any other explosives, and any other factory licence Subject to a minimum fee of $832.00 and a maximum fee of $3,121.00, the total of
(a) $832.00 for each process unit, and
(b) $18.00 for each 1 000 kg NEQ storage limit increment, for any quantity greater than 250 kg NEQ

ERD will process applications within 60 business days of receipt of complete documentation and fee payment that complies with the requirements in the Explosives Regulations, 2013.
9. Vendor magazine licence to store high explosives or initiation systems The total of
(a) $27.00 for each 1 000 kg NEQ of storage limit increment of each magazine other than a detonator magazine, and
(b) $291.00 for each detonator magazine
10. Vendor magazine licence to store any other explosives (a) $143.00 for each retail establishment (low-materiality);
(b) $364.00 for each distribution establishment; and
(c) $728.00 for each distribution establishment that repackages explosives
11. User magazine licence to store high explosives or initiation systems, other than high explosives and initiation systems stored by law enforcement agencies $146.00 per magazine, subject to a minimum fee of $291.00
12. User magazine zone licence to store high explosives or initiation systems $208.00 per magazine, subject to a minimum fee of $416.00
13. User magazine licence to store any other explosives, other than explosives stored by law enforcement agencies $72.00 (low-materiality)
14. Certificate to manufacture blasting explosives $208.00 per month, subject to a minimum fee of $832.00 and a maximum fee of $1,665.00
15. Certificate to mechanically blend ammonium nitrate and fuel oil for immediate use at a blast site $832.00
16. Any other manufacturing certificate $77.00 (low-materiality)
17. Initial certificate $156.00
18. Modification to or change of certificate $102.00 (low-materiality)
19. Renewal of certificate $102.00 (low-materiality)

*Terms preceded by an asterisk are defined in section 6 of the Explosives Regulations, 2013

Contact

This document is available in alternative formats. If required, ERD will contact the fee payer by telephone or e-mail to process an application or to issue a fee remission. Comments or questions regarding the above fees, service standards or fee remission policy may be sent to the ERD by e-mail at ERDmms@nrcan.gc.ca or by calling 1-855-912-0012.

References

Other information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians Web sites.

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