Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are Family Fireworks?

In Canada, fireworks are separated into the following three classes:

  1. Consumer Fireworks
  2. Display Fireworks
  3. Pyrotechnic Special Effects

Family fireworks fall under the class of Consumer Fireworks, which are defined as low-hazard fireworks designed for recreational use.

Q: How old do I have to be to buy family fireworks?

Federal regulations state that you must be at least 18 years of age to purchase family fireworks.

Q: I would like some further information on fireworks regulations, where can I find them?

The Federal Explosives Act is administered within Natural Resources Canada.

Q: How safe are family fireworks?

If you closely follow the instructions, guidelines and regulations regarding the safe use of fireworks then you and your family will have a safe and enjoyable experience. Consumer fireworks are defined in that they are found to be safe even when misused.

Q: How do I know I am purchasing a good quality firework?

Always purchase your fireworks from a reputable source who sells products meeting safety rules and standards.

Q: Now that my fireworks show is done, what do I do with the waste?

After you have completed your show, wait 30 minutes for the fireworks to completely cool off before handling them. Next, soak them in water before finally disposing of them in the trash.

Q: It’s hot out, should I be concerned?

Check with your local fire department to see if a fire ban is in effect.

Q: Can I purchase and use firecrackers in Canada?

In order to legally purchase and use firecrackers in Canada you must acquire a Firecracker Use Certificate. You must fill out the application form provided by the Department of Natural Resources and send it to the Chief Inspector of Explosives as designated on the form.

Q: What products do I need to be certified to use?

To use Display Fireworks or Pyrotechnic special effects you must be certified by Natural Resources Canada. More information