Oh dear ord. Here we go.
First up, the best places to buy picks from on-line in my opinion are:
Each of these are reputable and respectable suppliers. They frequently send picks and associated tools into Canada every day.
Canada Customs will NOT seize lockpicks or tools coming into the country. The terms and policies as specified by many of these sites concern only the United States Postal Service, which prohibits the shipping of these tools to anyone other than a genuine locksmith, police officer, or other person allowed to possess these tools. In many cases, these companies will utilize UPS or FedEx for shpping purposes. Also, since the delivery is going to Canada, they can use USPS at the customers discretion.
US Postal regulations do NOT apply to Canadian deliveries. Further, actually reading the Canada Criminal code will show you that you must be in posession of the tools in a circumstance which gives rise to the belief that they were or are going to be used for a criminal activity.
The ONLY provinces which have independent laws concerning these tools are. 1. British Columbia, 2. Alberta and 3. Saskatchewan.
None of the other provinces INCLUDING Ontario have any prohibitions concerning posession of locksmithing tools.
Canada Customs does NOT screen all mail. This includes parcel post. As a matter of fact, less than 20% of all mail sent into and through Canada is screened.
It is the responsibility of the purchaser to honestly, and legally possess these tools. As stated, there are only 3 provinces which have any regulations at all, and in the case of hobbyest pickers, so long as they are in your home they are still legal. Transportation from the post office to home is not considered a criminal offence.
This information graciously provided by the Nova Scotia minister of Justice. Any specific questions or concerns should be directed to a competent lawyer in your own jurristiction.