What to know about Brampton fireworks rules ahead of Victoria Day


Published May 17, 2022 at 12:41 pm

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Brampton residents looking to celebrate the Victoria Day long weekend with fireworks should brush up on city bylaws or risk up to $350 in fines.

Victoria Day is one of only four days every year when the city allows short-range fireworks to be set off on private property in Brampton without a permit.

Fireworks are also permitted on Canada Day, Diwali and New Year’s Eve.

The city says short-range fireworks “are those that tend to travel less than three metres (10 feet),” including fountains, wheels, ground spinners and sparklers.

With all other “rocket-type” fireworks banned in Brampton, the city is reminding residents that fireworks are not permitted on the street, sidewalks, within City parks or on municipal or school properties.

Discharging fireworks in a park or violating the fireworks bylaws can result in fines between $250 and $350.

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Brampton is the only municipality in Ontario that restricts fireworks based on height.

Bylaw officers received 669 calls related to fireworks during Diwali celebrations in 2021 – more than double the 323 complaints in 2020 and a significant increase from 233 calls in 2019.

Back in March, city staff recommended a new fireworks education program and two city-run fireworks displays for Diwali and Victoria Day starting in 2023 to help curb the number of complaints.

But the committee instead asked staff to explore increasing fireworks bylaw fines and a ban on fireworks in Brampton for 2022.

Every year, fireworks vendors are required to undergo online training from the city before they are licensed to sell fireworks.

The City said no fireworks licenses have been issued for Victoria Day this year, and any residents who see fireworks being sold in stores or elsewhere in Brampton are asked to call Service Brampton at 311 or 905-874-2000.

For more information on firework safety and bylaws, visit www.brampton.ca/fireworks.

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