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The State of the Canadian (Pesticide) Union

Amazingly dedicated folks in Canada keep tabs daily on the state of affairs regarding pesticides and fertilizers in Canada. They track news stories, letters to the editors and are, for all of us in the SafeLawns movement, an invaluable resource in our efforts to make our world safer from pesticides.

This morning they sent along an update of the list of current pesticide and fertilizer regulations in his nation. It’s absolutely amazing how far the nation has come since Hudson, Quebec, first banned pesticides in May of 1991.

National Restrictions:

Canada – Effective December 31, 2012, the date of last sale for fertilizer-pesticide combination products.

Provincial Restrictions:

Quebec ~ Effective April 3, 2004, the sale of fertilizer-pesticide mixtures and mixed packages (e.g. herbicide and insecticide) is banned and 20 active ingredients in lawn pesticides are prohibited.

Newfoundland ~ In 2007, fertilizer/herbicide products, commonly referred to as “weed and feed” products, are banned.

Manitoba ~ Effective January 1, 2009, the use of lawn fertilizers containing more than one per cent phosphorus on residential lawns, urban parks and golf courses are restricted

Ontario ~ Effective April 22, 2009, 84 active ingredients in lawn pesticides are prohibited (over-the-counter) for sale

New Brunswick ~ Effective December 16, 2009, the sale and use of 1 active ingredient and more than 240 over-the-counter lawn care pesticide products are banned, including the use of lawn care products for domestic lawns containing 2,4-D.

Alberta ~ Effective January 1, 2010, fertilizer/herbicide products, commonly referred to as “weed and feed” products, are banned for use.

Prince Edward Island ~ Effective April 1, 2010, the sale and use of 1 active ingredient and more than 240 over-the-counter lawn care pesticide products are banned, including the use of lawn care products for domestic lawns containing 2,4-D.

Nova Scotia ~ Effective April 1, 2012, no person shall use or cause or permit the use of a pesticide in, on or over a lawn (list of exempted pesticides to be determined).

(Notable) Municipal Restrictions:

City of Magog (Quebec) – Fertilizer use prohibited on home turfgrass. Landscapers from this area can only apply amendments with up to 2% in nitrogen(N) and phosphorus(P) and no restriction on potash(K)

Town of Georgian Bay (Ontario) ~ Effective April 23, 2007, No person shall spread, cause, permit to be spread any pesticide, herbicide or fertilizer on any lot within the Township of Georgian Bay that abuts a
water body or shore. BY-LAW 2007-21

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Health Canada (PMRA) Re-evaluation Note REV2010-01, Uncoupling of Fertilizer-Pesticide Combination Products for Lawn and Turf Uses http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/pest/_decisions/rev2010-01/index-eng.php

Ontario’s Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act, 2008 http://tinyurl.com/ycx3hg6

Québec’s Pesticide Management Code http://tinyurl.com/y8je4gp

New Brunswick’s Pesticides Control Act
http://www.gnb.ca/0009/0369/0024/index-e.asp

Prince Edward Island’s Restrictions on Lawn Pesticides
http://www.gov.pe.ca/envengfor/index.php3?number=1030236

Nova Scotia’s Non-essential Pesticides Control Act (Bill No. 61)
http://www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/legc//bills/61st_2nd/3rd_read/b061.htm

Alberta’s Fertilizer-Herbicide Combination Product Ban
http://environment.alberta.ca/02476.html

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • http://www.flora.org/healthyottawa K. Jean Cottam

    Yes, there are amazing. Most of my letters to the editor appearing in Canadian newspapers coast to coast are written on the basis of information supplied by them.

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