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Finalizing the cosmetic pesticides ban

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Finalizing the cosmetic pesticides ban

McGuinty Government On Track To Have Ban Ready In Spring 2009

The province expects to have its cosmetic pesticides ban in place by Spring 2009.

Ontarians were given until December 22 to comment on:

  • proposed lists of products and ingredients to be banned for use
  • proposed lists of products and ingredients to be banned or restricted for sale
  • the rules for pesticide use on golf courses
  • the exceptions to the ban for public health or safety reasons.

The comments are now being reviewed and will help finalize a regulation to enforce the ban.

The ban would eliminate the use of conventional pesticides for cosmetic purposes on lawns, gardens, school yards and parks.  There are lower risk alternatives to maintain lawns and gardens and this is the direction that the Ontario government is taking.

Quick Facts

  • The Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act, 2008 was introduced on Earth Day (April 22, 2008) and passed by the Ontario Legislative Assembly in June 2008.
  • The proposed ban includes exceptions for agriculture, forestry, health or safety, specialty turf, trees and protection of natural areas. Golf courses are also excepted but must report on their pesticide use, and sports fields hosting national or international events may be able to obtain an exception.


“We have heard from Ontarians on the draft regulation and are prepared to work with all partners to ensure an orderly implementation of the legislation in 2009. In particular, we are working with retailers to ensure that they will be able to comply with the tough sales ban aspect of the legislation.”

John Gerretsen

Minister of the Environment



Environment and Energy