Pesticide Regulations & Consultations

Pesticides are regulated at federal, provincial and municipal levels.

Changes to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has recently amended the Integrated Pest Management Regulation under the Integrated Pest Management Act. The changes follow extensive consultation on the sale and cosmetic use of pesticides, as described below.

The objectives of the amendments are 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 amendended regulation is available below. Changes came into effect July 1, 2016.

Understanding the new requirements

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

Next Steps

Changes to the regulation came into force on July 1, 2016. Through the remainder of the 2016 garden season, the Ministry’s compliance strategy for the new requirements focused on compliance promotion (including education and outreach) to ensure that regulated parties understand the changes. To support these efforts, staff will continue to develop guidance material and to work with those affected.

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If you have any questions regarding the amendments or other requirements under the IPM Act and Regulation, please send an email to

Consultation Background

Cosmetic Use of Pesticides

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.