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Explosives Offices

Explosives Regulatory Division

The Explosives Regulatory Division (ERD) aims to protect the safety and security of Canadians and all workers involved in the explosives industry in Canada. The Division ensures that manufacturers, importers, exporters, and vendors of explosives, as well as those who store explosives, comply with Canada’s Explosives Act and its regulations. These documents cover:

  • blasting explosives,
  • fireworks,
  • pyrotechnics (special effects),
  • ammunition, and
  • propellant powders.

The Division works to keep explosives and explosive precursors, such as ammonium nitrate, out of the hands of criminals and terrorists. To accomplish this, the Division maintains a system of authorization, licensing, certification and permits, supported by a compliance inspection and restoration program.

Division headquarters are located in Ottawa with regional offices in Varennes (Eastern Region), Ottawa (Central Region), Calgary (Western Region), and Vancouver (Pacific Region).


588 Booth Street, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0Y7
Tel.: 613-948-5200
Fax: 613-948-5195
Contact: ERDlms

Pacific Region: British Columbia and Yukon

1500-605 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 5J3
Tel.: 604-666-0366
Fax: 604-666-0399
Contact: ERDpacific

Western Region: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Northwest Territories

3303-33 Street NW
Calgary, AB  T2L 2A7
Tel.: 403-292-4766
Fax: 403-292-4689
Contact: ERDwestern

Central Region: Ontario and Manitoba

580 Booth Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0E4
Tel.: 613-948-5200
Fax: 613-948-5195
Contact: ERDcentral

Eastern Region: Quebec, Nunavut, and Atlantic Provinces

1615 Lionel Boulet Blvd.
P.O. Box 4800
Varennes, QC  J3X 1S6
Tel.: 450-652-0703
Fax: 450-652-4225
Contact: ERDeastern

The Division also includes a group of inspectors specializing in restricted components (explosives precursors) with offices in Ottawa, Fredericton, Varennes, Hamilton, Winnipeg and Calgary.

Ottawa (Headquarters)

588 Booth Street, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0Y7
Tel.: 613-948-5200
Fax: 613-948-5195
Contact: ERDlms

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