The Program

The aim of the Program is to protect the public from the risks posed by UXO.

UXO stands for unexploded explosive ordnance, old bombs that did not explode or function as intended.

UXO could be present on hundreds of former military sites across Canada. Many of them were used for training and weapons testing during conflicts such as the world wars and the Korean War. A UXO legacy site is any property that was owned, leased or used by DND but no longer resides within DND's inventory and for which there may exist a potential UXO risk associated with past Departmental activities.

The UXO and Legacy Sites Program works with communities to reduce the chances of someone being injured or killed by UXO by:

  • capturing and interpreting historical information on each legacy site;
  • conducting interviews and performing site visits to confirm historical information;
  • conducting confirmatory surveys at sites where there is a likelihood of finding UXO; and
  • establishing and implementing risk mitigation and management strategies such as UXO clearance, signage, public information sessions, possible school education programs, etc., to reduce the risk to the public where UXO have been confirmed and where there is a potential risk to the public.