DAOD 8000-0, Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Abbreviations
  4. Policy Direction
  5. Consequences
  6. Authorities
  7. References

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 2003-09-12

Date of Last Modification: 2019-01-28

Application: This DAOD is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND employees) and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).


Approval Authority: Chief of the Army Staff

Enquiries: Officer in Charge (OIC) Canadian Armed Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal (CAFEOD)

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2. Definitions

defence explosive ordnance (explosifs et munitions militaires)

An item of explosive ordnance, currently or formerly the property of the CAF, a visiting force or other military force, that is located in Canada or in the territorial waters of Canada. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 43034)

explosive (explosif)

Means any thing that is made, manufactured or used to produce an explosion or a detonation or pyrotechnic effect, and includes any thing prescribed to be an explosive by the regulations, but does not include gases, organic peroxides or any thing prescribed not to be an explosive by the regulations. (Section 2 of the Explosives Act)

explosive ordnance (explosifs et munitions)

All munitions containing explosives, nuclear fission or fusion materials and biological and chemical agents. This includes bombs and warheads; guided and ballistic missiles; artillery, mortar, rocket and small arms ammunition; all mines, torpedoes and depth charges, demolition charges; pyrotechnics; clusters and dispensers; cartridge and propellant actuated devices; clandestine and improvised explosive devices; and all similar or related items or components explosive in nature. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 4220)

explosive ordnance disposal (neutralistation des explosifs et munitions)

The detection, identification, on-site evaluation, rendering safe, recovery and final disposal of unexploded explosive ordnance.

Note – Explosive ordnance disposal may also include explosive ordnance that has become hazardous by damage or deterioration. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 43388) 

explosive ordnance disposal procedures (procédures d'élimination des explosifs)

Those particular courses or modes of action taken by explosive ordnance disposal personnel for access to, diagnosis, rendering safe, recovery and final disposal of explosive ordnance or any hazardous material associated with an explosive ordnance disposal incident. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 4222) 

improvised explosive device (dispositif explosif de circonstance)

A device placed or fabricated in an improvised manner incorporating destructive, lethal, noxious, pyrotechnic or incendiary chemicals and designed to destroy, incapacitate, harass or distract. 

Note – It may incorporate military stores, but is normally devised from non-military components. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 4502)

non-defence explosive ordnance (explosifs et munitions non militaires)

A non-military ammunition, explosive, hazardous chemical, pyrotechnic or improvised explosive device. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 43150)

unexploded explosive ordnance (munition explosive non explosée)

Explosive ordnance which has been primed, fused, armed or otherwise prepared for action, and which has been fired, dropped, launched, projected or placed in such a manner as to constitute a hazard to operations, installations, personnel or material and remains unexploded either by malfunction or design or for any other cause. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 1519)

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3. Abbreviations

Abbreviation Complete Word or Phrase


Canadian Army


Canadian Joint Operations Command



def EO

defence explosive ordnance


explosive ordnance


explosive ordnance disposal


improvised explosive device


Royal Canadian Air Force


Royal Canadian Navy

STANAG NATO Standardization Agreement
UXO unexploded explosive ordnance

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4. Policy Direction


4.1 The successful conduct of military operations is dependent in part on the ability of a military force to protect itself from threats from EO, which includes IEDs. EO can threaten DND employees, CAF members, infrastructure, ships, aircraft, vehicles and other materiel across the spectrum of conflict.

4.2 The DND and the CAF have the authority to use explosives for EOD in Canada in accordance with DAOD 8000‑1, Conduct of Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

4.3 Def EO is a concept used solely in the context of EOD in Canada in a domestic operation, and does not include a civilian explosive or related accessory. The DND and the CAF are responsible for the disposal of def EO.

Policy Statement

4.4 The DND and the CAF are committed to ensuring that only properly-trained CAF members using approved equipment and procedures are authorized to conduct EOD, and that only properly-trained DND employees are authorized to conduct EOD support activities.


4.5 The DND and the CAF must provide EOD teams that have the ability to conduct EOD in a biological, chemical or radiological environment, and have the capability to counter any EO threat, including:

  1. def EO and non-def EO on a defence establishment;
  2. def EO outside a defence establishment in Canada; and
  3. EO, which includes IED and UXO, in the Canadian area of responsibility of a deployment outside Canada.

4.6 The DND and the CAF must issue EOD policies and instructions for domestic operations and deployments outside Canada in accordance with this DAOD.

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5. Consequences

Consequences of Non-Compliance

5.1 Should clarification of the policy statement, requirements or authorities set out in this DAOD be required, DND employees and CAF members may seek direction through their channel of communication or chain of command, as appropriate. The anticipated results set out in the policy statement may not be achieved by the DND and the CAF if the requirements specified in this DAOD are not properly implemented. Not achieving the anticipated results could affect the ability of the DND and the CAF to ensure that the CAF is prepared to undertake missions for the protection of Canada and Canadians and the maintenance of international peace and stability.

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6. Authorities

Authority Table

6.1 The following table identifies the authorities associated with this DAOD:

The ... has the authority to ...

Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel)

  • issue directives concerning technical aspects of EO, and the conduct of EOD operations for expired, damaged or unserviceable ordnance at CAF ammunition depots.

Comd RCN

  • establish and oversee EOD training for activities specific to the RCN; and
  • direct RCN elements in support of EOD requirements.

Comd CA

  • oversee the CAFEOD program and the EOD equipment requirements program;
  • establish and oversee all EOD training conducted in the CAF, except for environmental training for activities specific to the RCN, RCAF or special operations forces; and
  • direct CA elements in support of EOD requirements.


  • establish and oversee EOD training for activities specific to the RCAF; and
  • direct explosive disposal flights in support of EOD requirements.


  • issue instructions concerning EOD procedures and capabilities:
    • for deployments in and outside Canada;
    • in support of domestic operations;
    • for assistance to other government departments and civilian authorities; and
    • for assistance to allied and coalition nations;
  • assign qualified EOD operators for deployments; and
  • make civil authorities and law enforcement agencies aware of the dangers of handling and disposing of def EO, and request that they contact their regional joint task force without delay when def EO is found outside a defence establishment.

Comd Canadian Special Operations Forces Command

  • issue instructions concerning EOD procedures, capabilities and equipment for the deployment of special operations forces in and outside Canada; and
  • establish and oversee EOD training for activities specific to special operations forces.

Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment)

  • issue directives concerning the safe conduct of UXO activities within the scope of work of:
    • the UXO and Legacy Sites Program; and
    • active range training areas.

Comd of a deployed task force

  • direct EOD conducted by the task force.

OIC CAFEOD on behalf of the Comd CA

  • approve and issue CAFEOD policies and instructions, including technical standards and safety requirements for EOD equipment, tactics, techniques and procedures;
  • oversee the EOD safety program and direct investigations into EOD incidents and accidents;
  • advise senior leadership on strategic EOD policy matters;
  • approve all render-safe procedures; and
  • oversee the annual EOD inspections of all CAFEOD units.

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7. References

Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD

Other References

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