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Proposed Legislation to Ban the Use of Pesticides for Cosmetic Purposes

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Proposed Legislation to Ban the Use of Pesticides for Cosmetic Purposes

The Minister of the Environment introduced the Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act in the Legislature of Ontario on April 22, 2008. The bill contains provisions that would ban the use and sale of certain prescribed pesticides in Ontario.  The bill also contains proposed regulation making authority for the Lieutenant Governor in Council to make regulations prescribing pesticides to which the use and sale bans contained in the Bill would apply.  Accordingly, if the bill is enacted, a regulation may be made prescribing such pesticides.

Who Proposed ban Alternatives Proposed exemptions Why Proposed Approach
Agriculture     Uses related to agriculture Farmers already have strict rules for the use and storage of pesticides Uses related to agriculture to be defined by  regulation
Front and back yards of farm homes including lawns, ornamental plantings, vegetable gardens, patios, driveways, trees Fertilize and water properly to keep lawns healthy and pull weeds by hand or use special tools designed for the job.Maintain healthy plants and monitor for early signs of pest problems.For tips on caring naturally for lawns and gardens, visit  www.ontario.ca/
environment
  and click on "pesticides"
Uses related to health or safety Necessary use of pesticides for health or safety purposes
- Manage West Nile Virus
- Stinging insects
Uses related to health or safety to be defined by regulationUse of lower-risk products to be considered and defined by regulation Use exemption for trees or tree injection only to be considered and defined by regulation
Commercial businesses Commercial, institutional and industrial properties including parks, school yards, cemeteries, rights-of-way See above See above See above See above
Cottage owners Cottage properties including lawns, ornamental plantings, vegetable gardens, patios, driveways, trees See above See above See above See above
Federal government       Uses on federal properties such as army bases, railroad and utilities are for the most part not subject to provincial legislation. Complying with proposed provincial legislation would be encouraged.
First Nations       First Nations land is not subject to provincial legislation. Complying with proposed provincial legislation would be encouraged.
Forestry     Uses related to forestry There are strict rules around the use of pesticides in forestry Uses related to forestry to be defined by regulation
General public Residential properties including lawns, ornamental plantings, vegetable gardens, patios, driveways, trees Fertilize and water properly to keep lawns healthy and pull weeds by hand or use special tools designed for the job.Maintain healthy plants and monitor for early signs of pest problems.For tips on caring naturally for lawns and gardens, visit  www.ontario.ca/
environment
  and click on "pesticides"
Uses related to health or safety Necessary use of pesticides for health or safety purposes
- Manage West Nile Virus
- Control stinging insects
Uses related to health or safety to be defined by regulation
Use of lower-risk products to be considered and defined by regulation
Use exemption for trees or tree injection only to be considered and defined by regulation
Golf Courses     Uses related to golf courses Increased need for pesticides to maintain specialized turf required for playing and putting surfaces Uses related to golf courses and attendant  conditions to be defined by regulation
Land around the clubhouse including lawns, ornamental plantings, gardens, trees, driveways See above Uses related to health or safety Necessary use of pesticides for health or safety purposes
- Manage West Nile Virus
- Control stinging insects
Uses related to health or safety to be defined by regulationUse of lower-risk products to be considered and defined by regulationUse exemption for trees or tree injection only to be considered and defined by regulation
Licensed exterminators All residential, industrial,  commercial and institutional properties including parks, school yards, cemeteries, rights-of-way See above See above See above See above
Municipalities Municipal land including parks, school yards, rights-of-way, conservation authorities See above See above See above See above
Provincial government Provincial land including parks, gardens See above See above See above See above

Note: Prohibitions are proposed for uses on land; not inside buildings, homes or other structures.

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