St. Catharines residents are allowed to use consumer fireworks on private property on Victoria Day and Canada Day, including the day before and the day after these holidays.

Selling consumer fireworks in St. Catharines

Note: With the City having declared a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19 the issuing of City Consumer Fireworks Sales Permits has been suspended until further notice. Additionally the City strongly discourages the use of fireworks during the ongoing State of Emergency.

Only licensed businesses who have a City Consumer Fireworks Sales Permit are allowed to sell fireworks in St. Catharines on Victoria Day and Canada Day and the seven days leading up to these holidays.

How to apply

Call 905.688.5601 ext. 4224 for more information and to apply for City Consumer Sales Permits.

Make a complaint

For emergencies, call 9-1-1.

Report unsafe and innappropriate use of fireworks or vendors selling fireworks without a permit to St. Catharines Fire Services at 905.684.4311.

Use fireworks safely

The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Attend public fireworks displays and leave the fireworks to professionals. If you decide to use family fireworks, keep in mind the following tips:

  • Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source
  • Always read and follow the instructions
  • Only adults over the age of 18 may discharge fireworks
  • Use outdoors only
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose or bucket)
  • Never experiment or make your own fireworks
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never re-light a "dud" firework. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water
  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trash can
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of their body over the firework
  • Stay away from illegal explosives

Fireworks Bylaw

Read the City's Fireworks Bylaw for more information on the use of fireworks within St. Catharines.

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