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Fireworks (By-law No. 2003-237)


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Fireworks (By-law No. 2003-237)

The Fireworks By-law (By-law No. 2003-237) regulates the sale and use of fireworks within the City.


  • Firecrackers may not be sold or discharged. A firecracker is a pyrotechnic device that explodes when ignited and does not make any subsequent display or visible effect after the explosion.
  • The sale of fireworks is permitted only on Victoria Day and Canada Day and the seven business days preceding those days.
  • Individuals can only discharge their fireworks on Victoria Day and Canada Day, and the day before and after those days.
  • Persons holding a fireworks display must obtain a permit from the Fire Chief. The application for such a display must be received by the Fire Chief 30 days before the event.
  • You must be 18 years of age to discharge fireworks or be under the direct supervision of a person at least 18 years of age.
  • To make an application, visit a Client Service Centre or call 3-1-1. Applicants for a permit to display fireworks must provide proof of Commercial General Liability insurance of no less than five million dollars ($5,000,000.00).

View the entire by-law:

Fireworks By-law (By-law No. 2003-237)

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