Title or working title of the Regulatory Initiative:
Amendments to the Explosives Regulations, 2013
Description of the objective (including reference to the enabling Act):
The objective of this amendment is to strengthen Canada’s security regime by updating the current list of ten precursor chemicals to include four additional chemicals of concern. Regulatory measures would be implemented on those four precursor chemicals.
Indication of business impacts
It is estimated that there would be some financial impact on businesses that sell the four precursor chemicals above threshold limits, including small businesses. This would include capital investment to upgrade security controls and annual administrative costs. Canadians might be required to present identification and the sale transaction might be recorded when purchasing the four precursor chemicals above certain quantities (as is currently the case for ten regulated precursor chemicals).
This proposed amendment is not expected to have significant impacts on international trade or investment.
Full analysis of considerations, impacts and cost/benefits estimates will be described in the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement that will be available in Pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I (anticipated in 2019).
Public consultation opportunities
The Explosives Safety and Security Branch (ESSB) undertook a series of ongoing consultations from October 2017 to December 2018. These consultations were used to shape the options under consideration and to collect information about possible impacts. All major industry and stakeholder groups were extensively consulted and involved throughout the development of the policy content, which underpins the proposed regulations.
The proposed regulations will be pre-published in Part I of the Canada Gazette (anticipated in 2019) for public comment.
Jean-Luc Arpin, Chief Inspector of Explosives
Minerals and Metals Sector
580 Booth Street, 10th Floor, Room: D1-2, Ottawa