Pesticide Regulations & Consultations
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Pesticides are regulated at federal, provincial and municipal levels.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy administers the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Act and Regulation, the primary regulatory tools governing the sale and use of pesticides in the province. The Ministry relies on the federal Pest Control Products Act, and the expertise of the PMRA of Health Canada, to evaluate and determine acceptable uses for pesticides registered for sale in B.C.
- Integrated Pest Management Act (IPMA)
- Integrated Pest Management Regulation (IPMR)
- Integrated Pest Management Act and Regulation Summary (PDF)
Amendments & Consultation
Changes regarding Aquaculture
The province is proposing amendments to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation in response to concerns surrounding pesticide-use to manage sea lice. A Final Policy Direction paper that describes the changes and consultation process has been posted on the IPM stakeholder engagement page.
Changes on the Cosmetic Use of Pesticides
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 July 1, 2016.
The objective of the amendments were 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.
The Ministry has developed a series of fact sheets and guidance documents that describe the changes:
- The Rules Have Changed – A Guide for Residents (PDF)
- The Rules Have Changed – A Guide for Pesticide Vendors and Dispensers (PDF)
- The Rules Have Changed – A Guide for Landscapers (PDF)
- The Rules Have Changed – A Guide for Golf Courses, Gardens & Cemeteries (PDF)
- The Rules Have Changed – A Guide for Industrial Land Managers Using Pesticides (PDF)
- The Rules Have Changed - Schedule 2 (Excluded Pesticides) (PDF)
- The Rules Have Changed - Schedule 5 (PDF)
- Amendments to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation - presentation slides (PDF)
- Sample Customer Interaction Documents for Pesticide Vendors and Dispensers:
The links below provide information about 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.
- 2015 Policy update regarding proposed amendments to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation (PDF)
- 2014 Summary of Comments to the Intentions Paper (PDF)
- 2013 Intentions Paper Proposed Revisions to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation (PDF)
- 2013 Integrated Pest Management Act Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act
- 2012 Report of the Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides
- 2011 B.C. Ministry of Environment Presentation to the Special Committee (PDF)
- 2010 Summary of comments received (PDF)
- 2009 Public Consultation Paper on the Cosmetic Use of Pesticides (PDF)
Municipalities may establish bylaws for pesticide use on residential and municipal lands. These bylaws only apply to pesticides used to maintain outdoor trees, shrubs, flowers, other ornamental plants and turf. Municipalities do not have the authority to develop bylaws restricting the application of pesticides in the following situations:
- For the management of pests that transmit human diseases
- On the residential areas of farms
- To buildings or inside buildings
- On land used for agriculture, forestry, transportation, public utilities or pipelines unless the public utility or pipeline is vested in the municipality
These bylaws do not apply to pesticides listed in Schedule 2 of the Integrated Pest Management Regulation. The recent changes to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation do not override municipal bylaws. If a municipality has restrictions on the landscape use of pesticides, they must be followed.
To obtain more information: