Regulatory Reminders on Restricted Components

November 2018

Verification of Identity before Selling a Restricted Component

This is a reminder that the sale of certain chemicals that may be used to produce homemade explosives is subject to the Explosives Regulations, 2013 as restricted components. We encourage you to refer to Part 20 of the Regulations for the complete list of restricted components and related regulatory requirements.

Under sections 473 and 490 of the Explosives Regulations, 2013, the buyer is required to establish their identity before a restricted component is sold. This regulatory requirement applies to all sales of restricted components regardless of whether the sale is made in person, by telephone, online or by some other means. The buyer must establish their identity by providing:

  • if the buyer intends to use the component to manufacture an explosive and a licence or certificate is required for this purpose, the number of the buyer’s licence or certificate;
  • if the buyer intends to sell the component, proof that the buyer is included on the component sellers list;
  • in all other cases:
    • a piece of identification, issued by the Government of Canada or a provincial, municipal or foreign government, that bears a photograph of the buyer,
    • two pieces of identification, each of which sets out the buyer’s name, at least one of which is issued by the Government of Canada or a provincial, municipal or foreign government and at least one of which sets out the buyer’s address,
    • the buyer’s provincial pesticide licence,
    • proof of the buyer’s Canadian Wheat Board identification number,
    • proof of the buyer’s Producteur Agricole number,
    • proof of the buyer’s Ontario Federation of Agriculture number,
    • the buyer’s business licence or proof of the buyer’s corporate registration (valid for sales of restricted components other than ammonium nitrate), or
    • proof of the buyer’s registration under the Controlled Goods Regulations.

We recommend that you notify all members of your staff of this requirement and update your sales procedures to comply with the Explosives Regulations, 2013. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or discuss with our inspectors when they visit your facility.

Sincerely yours,

Jean-Luc Arpin
Director, Chief Inspector of Explosives
Explosives Regulatory Division
580 Booth Street, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0E4
Tel.: 1-855-912-0012

April 2018

Part 20 of the Explosives Regulations, 2013

This is a reminder that the sale of certain chemicals that may be used to produce homemade explosives is subject to the Explosives Regulations, 2013 as restricted components. We encourage you to refer to Part 20 of the Regulations for the complete list of restricted components and related regulatory requirements.

The purpose of Part 20 of the Explosives Regulations, 2013 is to control the storage, sale, access and inventory of restricted components to prevent their use for illegitimate purposes. Please note that our inspectors will perform occasional inspections at restricted components seller’s sites.

Here are important reminders of some of the requirements of Part 20 of the Explosives Regulations, 2013:

  • A restricted component must be locked up when it is not attended (s. 468 (1) & 481 (1)) «  attended  » means to be constantly monitored by a person and, unless these Regulations provide otherwise, includes monitoring by a person using electronic means)
  • Access to a restricted component must be limited to people authorized by the component seller or product seller, as the case may be (s. 468 (3) & 483 (2))
  • Before a restricted component is sold, the buyer must be required to establish their identity (s. 473 & 490)
  • A record of each sale of a restricted component must be kept for two years after the date of the sale (s. 492 & 475 (1) (unless the quantities do not exceed the quantities outlined in section (4)))
  • If any theft or attempted theft of, or any tampering with, a restricted component is discovered:
    1. the local police force must be informed immediately,
    2. the Chief Inspector of Explosives must be informed within 24 hours after the discovery (s. 471 & 488)

We recommend that you tour your facility and check your records to make sure the regulatory requirements are met. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or discuss with our inspectors when they visit your facility.

Sincerely yours,

Jean-Luc Arpin
Director, Chief Inspector of Explosives
Explosives Regulatory Division
580 Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E4
Tel.: 1-855-912-0012