Non-mining blaster's permit

Non-mining blaster's permit

In Alberta, any worker who handles, prepares, fires, burns or destroys an explosive must hold a valid government-approved permit.

Announcement of Changes to the Administration of the Non-Mining Blasters Permitting Program

The non-mining blasting permit application form has been updated and all permit payments will be routed through the Government of Alberta’s MyAlberta e-Services platform, found at the following link:

In addition to these changes, the department will be requiring all applicants looking to receive a new permit or renewing their previously issued permit to submit a photocopy of a secondary piece of government photo identification along with their permit application, so that the applicant’s identity can be confirmed.

The administration of the non-mining blasting permitting program is currently being reviewed and subsequent changes may occur.

Requirement of Approval Letter or Equivalent Documents from Blaster’s Permit/Certificate Applicants

Effective May 1, 2018, Alberta Labour will require all applicants applying for non-mining blaster’s permits or a mining blaster’s certificates or renewing their previously issued permits/certificates to submit either an approval letter issued by Natural Resources Canada or an equivalent document as per Federal Explosives Regulations 2013, along with their applications. These changes have been made in order to harmonize the province of Alberta’s practices with those of other Canadian jurisdictions.

Section 176 of Explosives Regulations, 2013 (Federal) requires:

176 (1) An individual who applies for a licence, permit or certificate or for the renewal of one must include with their application proof that they have an approval letter or equivalent document.

  • An approval letter is issued by Chief Inspector of Explosives, Natural Resources Canada
  • The equivalent documents are:
    (a) a permis général issued under Quebec’s An Act respecting explosives, as amended from time to time;
    (b) a FAST card (free and secure trade card) issued by the Canada Border Services Agency;
    (c) a NEXUS card issued by the Canada Border Services Agency; or
    (d) a Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) issued under the Firearms Act.
  • For more information on requirements, please follow the link below;
  • For information on applying for an approval letter, please follow the link below;

This requirement is in place since 2013 in federal jurisdiction and other jurisdictions such as BC and Energy Safety Canada (formerly ENFORM) have already implemented it successfully.



A worker 18 years of age or older can qualify to apply for a blaster’s permit by meeting at least one of the following four criteria:

  • has successfully completed an approved explosive’s training course, or
  • has qualifications acceptable to the Director of Inspection, or
  • has written proof of six (6) months experience within last 36 months as a blaster or blaster’s assistant in the type(s) of blasting operation and employer’s endorsement, or
  • has a valid blaster permit from another Canadian jurisdiction for the comparable type(s) of blasting operation

Equivalency permits

Alberta recognizes similar certifications from other Canadian jurisdictions. Certified blasters from other provinces are required to obtain an equivalent Alberta Blaster’s Permit.

Permit expiry date

  • a blaster’s permit is issued for a maximum of 5 years
  • a Director of Inspection may issue a permit for less than 5 years; this is determined on a case-by-case basis
  • for equivalency permits, the expiry date will stay the same as the date on the original permit


Normal processing: $50
Permit is issued within 5 working days after the Director of Inspection approves your application.

Rushed processing: $75
Permit is issued within 24 hours after the Director of Inspection approves your application.

How to apply

Step 1. Fill out application

Use the instructions on the application form.

Non-Mining Blaster’s Permit Application (PDF, 550 KB)

To fill out form:

  1. Fill out the form online, then save a copy to your computer. Print and sign the completed form. Validate your printed form. Scan the signed form if sending by email.


  1. Print form and fill out by hand, then sign. Validate your printed application form.

Note: Blaster’s permits are now issued with the picture of the applicant. This means applicants are required to submit high-resolution photos with their applications.

Step 2. Submit application

Send in your completed form, with supporting documents and application fee, by mail or email.

Alberta Labour
Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Legislation
8th Floor, 10808-99 Avenue
Edmonton AB T5K 0G5

Step 3. After you apply

  • the Director of Inspection will review your application to ensure it meets requirements
  • the Director may contact you for additional information or documents
  • if your application is approved, your blaster’s permit will be mailed to your personal address as entered on the application form
  • you must carry your blaster’s permit at all times while working
Modified: 2018-02-12
PID: 13590

Contact OHS

1-866-415-8690 (toll-free)
780-415-8690 (Edmonton)

TTY: 780-427-9999 (Edmonton)
TTY: 1-800-232-7215

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