Explosives Regulations, 2013

The Explosives Safety and Security Branch (ESSB) is committed to ensuring a seamless transition from the current Explosives Regulations to the new Explosives Regulations, 2013 on February 1, 2014. This site provides our industry stakeholders and security partners with single-window access to the new Explosives Regulations, 2013 and corresponding guideline documents, frequently asked questions, consultation feedback, and helpful links.

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Explosives Regulations, 2013 – Background

Modernization of the Explosives Regulations required a complete rewrite of the legal text and introduces a minimal number of new requirements. This was necessary as the Explosives Regulations were outdated and difficult for stakeholders to navigate, understand, and determine obligations. The Explosives Regulations, 2013 better reflect existing industry practices and standards. This initiative eliminates some requirements that are addressed in other recently adopted legislation and clarifies regulatory intent through better structure and simpler language. It also ensures the use of modern regulatory concepts and reflects modern technologies and business practices. 

Drivers Leading to the New Regulations

Three main drivers led to the commitment to modernize the Explosives Regulations:

  1. The technologies, products, and industry that the Explosives Regulations were designed to control have changed significantly. Industrial practices have changed to the point that the previous regulations were governing an industry that, in effect, no longer exists. For example, dynamite was the most significant explosive.
  2. The industry structure has changed, driven in part by industry globalization and rationalization. These changes have had major consequences such as a loss of experienced personnel and expertise as the result of industry downsizing and growing numbers of imported products.
  3. New security concerns have emerged, resulting in the need to strengthen security and support Canada’s commitment to long-term security.

The Explosives Regulations were revised with the objective of developing:

  • a regulatory program based on an integrated and evidence-based approach that manages safety and security risks across the range of explosives-related activities;
  • a regulatory framework that is accessible, understandable, and responsive through inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability;
  • where possible, a regulatory program that promotes a fair and competitive market economy and minimizes the regulatory burden placed on industry; and
  • a regulatory program that enables cooperation/harmonization with other departments and is benchmarked against international best practices.

The overall goal of the initiative was to ensure a balanced approach to managing explosives safety and security risks while minimizing the impact on business and supporting innovation and competitiveness. For example, modernization of the Explosives Regulations should lower costs to businesses by eliminating overlap and duplication, harmonizing exemptions, eliminating unnecessary permits, and reducing the time and effort needed to train staff. Better compliance with the Explosives Regulations, 2013 is the expected result.

Consultations and Collaboration With Industry Stakeholders and Partners

The ESSB is committed to engaging the explosives industry and security partners and including them in the decision-making process. The involvement of industry stakeholders and partners has been essential to enable ESSB to gain new perspectives and identify industry concerns in order to fulfill its mandate, develop new policies/regulations, and deliver programs and services to Canadians. Throughout the development of the Explosives Regulations, 2013, industry stakeholders and partners have been very supportive and have contributed time, effort, and ideas to making these Regulations better.

On March 17, 2012, the proposed Explosives Regulations, 2012 were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, for a 75-day consultation period. During that time, stakeholders were given a final opportunity to review and comment on the proposed changes before the final version was published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on December 18, 2013.


In the past, stakeholders had to scan the entire set of Explosives Regulations to determine what requirements applied to their situation. The revised Explosives Regulations, 2013 package is sub-divided into 20 Parts for ease of reference. The organization of information into specific sections for stakeholders is one of the major improvements to the Regulations. 

FAQS, Guideline Documents, and Sample Plans

We welcome questions about the Explosives Regulations, 2013, but request that you first look at the table below, which outlines each Part. Clicking on the Part will take you to a more detailed description of the Part, a summary of the changes resulting from the new Explosives Regulations, 2013, and helpful links. The links are to FAQs and guideline documents (with sample plans), and provide important or helpful regulation section references. Use of the sample plans is not mandatory; however, using them will ensure consistency and compliance with the Explosives Regulations, 2013 and assist stakeholders with any new requirements.

Part Title Link
  General Information General Information
1 Introduction Part 1
2 General Requirements, Prohibitions and Safety Precautions Part 2
3 Authorization and Classification of Explosives Part 3
4 Importing and Exporting Explosives and Transporting Explosives in Transit Part 4
5 Manufacturing Explosives Part 5
6 Magazine Licences and Storage in a Licensed Magazine Part 6
7 Provisions of General Application Part 7
8 Screening Part 8
9 Transporting Explosives Part 9
10 Military Explosives and Law Enforcement Explosives Part 10
11 Industrial Explosives Part 11
12 Power Device Cartridges Part 12
13 Special-Purpose Explosives Part 13
14 Small Arms Cartridges, Propellant Powder and Percussion Caps Part 14
15 Model and High-Power Rocket Motors Part 15
16 Consumer Fireworks Part 16
17 Special Effect Pyrotechnics Part 17
18 Display Fireworks Part 18
19 Fees Part 19
20 Restricted Components Part 20
  Amendments to These Regulations Sections 499 to 508
  Repeal Section 509
  Coming into Force Section 510
  Application Forms for Licences, Permits and Certificates Forms


I want to . . .

  • apply for a magazine licence (Part 6)
  • import or export explosives (Part 4)
  • find out about family fireworks safety information (Part 16)
  • request a product authorization (Part 3)
  • find out the cost of licences, permits, and certificates (Part 19)
  • enroll as a supplier of explosives precursors (Part 20)
  • find out what the requirements are for manufacturing explosives (Part 5)
  • understand the requirements for a Security Plan (Part 5 and Part 6)
  • understand the requirements for vehicle tracking and communications (Part 9)
  • store black and smokeless powder for hand loading of ammunition (Part 14)
  • find out what the requirements are for selling, acquiring, and storing model and high-power rocket motors and their igniters (Part 15)
  • enroll for a fireworks or pyrotechnician course (Part 17 and Part 18)
  • understand the requirements for selling, acquiring, storing, and using display fireworks (Part 18)
  • understand the requirements for selling, acquiring, storing, and using pyrotechnic special effects (Part 17)
  • find out more about military and law enforcement explosives (Part 10)
  • understand the requirements for selling, acquiring, storing, and using consumer fireworks (Part 16)
  • find out what the process is for screening (Part 8)
  • understand the requirements for industrial explosives (Part 11)

Read the complete Explosives Regulations, 2013 here.

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