Amendments to pesticide legislation

Find out about the consultation background and resulting amendments to:

This includes resources to help you understand the changes.

Amendments in 2023

The Integrated Pest Management Regulation has been amended. This is in response to concerns expressed over the effects of SGARs on owls and other wildlife.

The BC Laws version of the regulation does not yet reflect the changes. It will be updated soon. For details, please review a summary of the new IPM Rodenticide Amendments (PDF, 654KB).

As a result, the requirements for sale and use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides have changed. 

These new rules come into effect as of January 21, 2023.

The new rules:

  • Reduce the overall use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides
  • Make sure essential services who are allowed to use rodenticides are trained and educated
  • Increase oversight of rodenticide use
  • Require essential services to manage rodents within an Integrated Pest Management approach

Tools and guides

Find information about what this means to you:

Use this template to prepare your rodent management plan before using SGARs:

Related resources

Learn more about how the Integrated Pest Management Regulation amendments were developed:

Guidance on managing rodents within an integrated pest management approach:


Amendments in 2016

In 2016, the province amended the Integrated Pest Management Regulation. The changes follow extensive consultation on the sale and cosmetic use of pesticides, as described below. Changes came into effect on July 1, 2016.

The objective of the amendments was to ensure that:

  • Pesticides will be used by people with knowledge and training
  • Pesticides will be used as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) process, and
  • Public interaction with pesticide vendors at the point of sale will increase

Guidance and factsheets for changes in cosmetic use

The ministry has developed a series of fact sheets and guidance documents that describe the changes:

Consultation background

Review the consultation the ministry conducted prior to amending the Integrated Pest Management Regulation. 

The ministry is not soliciting further comment at this time. Thank you to all those who contributed input throughout the consultation steps. The comments provided were very valuable.