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Ontario Lawns And Gardens Getting Greener

McGuinty Government Marks Anniversary of Cosmetic Pesticides Ban

Tomorrow - Earth Day - marks the first anniversary of Ontario's cosmetic pesticides ban, one of the toughest in the world.

The ban on cosmetic pesticides is part of the McGuinty government's commitment to protect children and families from pollution and toxic chemicals through tough new environmental laws. About 250 cosmetic pesticide products were banned for sale.

Over the past year, Ontarians have also been doing their part by using healthier products and services, and reducing the use of pesticides around their homes, parks and playgrounds.

These actions are helping to build a stronger, more sustainable economy.  Retailers are stocking eco-friendly lawn and garden products.  Manufacturers are investing in innovation and developing new technologies and products.

Quick Facts

  • Through the Cosmetic Use Pesticide Research and Innovation Program, nine projects have received $432,000 to promote the development of greener alternatives to pest control.
  • Using proper lawn maintenance techniques will help discourage weeds in lawns
  • Consumers can still purchase pesticides for public health or safety reasons.

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“You can have a healthy lawn and garden without the unnecessary risk posed by using conventional pesticides for purely cosmetic reasons. We are reducing the risk to our health and to the environment, and protecting the most vulnerable of our citizens, our children.”

John Gerretsen

Minister of the Environment

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