Consultation on changes to pesticide legislation

Open consultations

There are currently no open consultations.

Closed consultations

The Integrated Pest Management Regulation (IPMR) has been under review to update the second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) requirements. This was in response to concerns expressed over the impacts to owls and other wildlife.

On May 4, 2022, the ministry released the IPMR Rodenticide Review Intentions Paper (PDF, 1MB). The paper proposed changes to the IPMR for sale and use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs).

Consultation

Public consultation on the proposed changes closed on June 19, 2022.

Almost 1,600 responses were submitted from:

  • First Nations
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Local governments
  • General public
  • Non-government organizations
  • Pest control operators
  • Agricultural operators
  • Businesses and industry associations

The submitted comments were reviewed to improve the final policy.

Results

An independent contractor wrote a report summarizing the consultation responses.

To find out what we heard, review: 

After considering the feedback, the minister confirmed the final policy direction for how SGARs will be regulated. 

The ministry will proceed with the proposed regulatory amendments to the regulation as outlined in the intentions paper with no significant changes. 

The regulatory amendments are anticipated to come into effect in January 2023 to align with the expiry of the Minister's Order. Staff will continue to help people transition to the new requirements. This includes publishing support documents outlining how the rules have changed.

Regulatory presentation

Watch this presentation that explains the proposed regulatory changes.

Rodenticide Proposed Regulatory Changes

An overview of the proposed changes to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation for rodenticides

For more information about the risks to wildlife from rodenticides and for guidance on managing rodents, visit Rodenticide ban.

Process update 

The development of the proposed regulation amendments has been paused in order to align with federal initiatives. The federal mandate letter issued to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on December 13, 2019, includes direction to create a plan to transition from open net-pen salmon farming in coastal B.C. waters by 2025 and to introduce Canada’s first Aquaculture Act.

The province wishes to understand how these changes will impact the aquaculture industry before proceeding on any amendments to the provincial regulation.

Parties who expressed interest or submitted comments through the regulatory review consultation process will be notified directly of this change in status.

Thank you for your time and interest in the development of these proposed changes.

Proposed changes to the IPM Regulation

The Integrated Pest Management Regulation (IPMR) was under review to update the requirements relating to aquaculture in response to concerns expressed over the release of pesticides into the marine environment.

A Regulatory Proposal outlining the intended changes was posted in October 2018, and we sought comments from First Nations, industry and stake­holders until November 30, 2018.

Following the consultation period, we reviewed the submitted comments and developed a Final Policy Update paper based on the feedback. This paper describes the final intentions that were considered for amending the IPMR.

Managing sea lice with pesticides

Sea lice infestations are one of the top issues facing the aquaculture industry worldwide. An infestation of sea lice can affect the survivability of very young salmon and, in severe cases, older stock. They also can present a risk of spreading from farmed populations to wild salmon.

Aquaculture activities involving the use of pesticides to manage sea lice are regulated in B.C. under the IPMR. The regulation describes environmentally sound practices for using, storing and managing pesticides. The use of pesticides in a body of water requires a pesticide use permit issued under the IPMR.

Related resources

Visit amendments for the consultation background resulting in amendments to the IPM Act and IPM Regulation, as well as any guidance materials developed to implement the changes.