Pesticides

When the provincial-wide ban came into effect in April 2009, it was the toughest pesticide rule book in Canada, outlawing more than 250 products for sale and over 95 ingredients for cosmetic uses on lawns, vegetable and ornamental gardens, patios, driveways, cemeteries, and in parks and school yards. It also superseded the City’s Pesticide By-law from 2006, and any other municipal pesticide by-law.  There are five different pesticide classes – Class  A (manufacturing), Class B (restricted), Class C (commercial),Class D (domestic) and Class E (treated seeds).

In all cases of non-compliance, the Ministry follows-up to ensure that individuals and companies take appropriate actions to achieve compliance. The province regulates the sale, use, transportation, storage and disposal of pesticides in Ontario. Ontario’s Pesticides Act and Ontario Regulation 63/09 provide the province’s framework to regulate pesticides

By law, you cannot use certain pesticides to kill weeds and insects on: lawns, vegetable and ornamental gardens, patios, driveways, parks or schoolyards. Pesticides cannot be used that contain certain ingredients, including: 2,4-D, Diazinon or glyphosate. These pesticides are banned for cosmetic purposes because they may pose an unnecessary risk to human health, particularly children’s health and the natural environment. Ontario bans the cosmetic use of pesticides to protect Ontarians from unnecessary risk by only allowing certain, low-risk pesticides for controlling weeds and pests on lawns and gardens.

Many people just don’t  know how dangerous and unnecessary pesticide application truly is. Try using these motivational tips to avoid any potential conflicts that may arise when discussing pesticide use. 

What Are Pesticides?

What Are Pesticides?
A pesticide is any substance or mixture of inactive and active ingredients used to prevent, repel, or kill an organism that we consider …

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Pesticides and Your Pets

Pesticides and Your Pets
Pesticides frequently poison pets, either from accidental exposure to recently sprayed lawns or from improper use of chemical flea control.
For a Variety …

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Pesticide Free Lawns

Pesticide Free Lawns
The calibre of your lawn cannot be judged by what you see, but what you don’t. The lifeblood of a lush green lawn …

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Pest Problem? No Problem

Pest Problem? No Problem:
Prevention is the best approach for managing pests. If you keep your lawn healthy by using good maintenance practices, you find that …

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Lawn Ecology

Lawn Ecology
The calibre of your lawn is not the plants and grass that you see. The lifeblood of a lush green lawn is the soil …

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Lawn and Garden Care Links

The following is a collection of links about taking care of your lawn properly, as well as tips and tricks for growing that garden you’ve …

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Lawn and Garden Biology

Lawn and Garden Biology
Your lawn and garden need more than just nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to sustain a beautiful appearance. People need more than just …

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Helpful Resources

Helpful Resources
Bibliography
Bug Busters: Poison-Free Pest Controls for Your House and Garden. Lifton, Bernice. 1991. Garden City Park, New York: Avery Publishing Group.

Building a Healthy Lawn: …

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Get Involved

Get Involved
You don’t need to be a pesticide expert to get your message across. Engaging in discussion about pesticides and pesticide alternatives is the first …

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Fight Pests Naturally and Save Money

Fight Pests Naturally and Save Money
Garden pests can be a nuisance and reduce crop yields. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to chemical-intensive practices, which result …

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Fast Facts

Fast Facts
Aphids

Aphids are small, soft-bodied, pear-shaped insects that have long antennae and a characteristic pair of cornicles (short tubes extending on either side of their …

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Compost – Nature’s Fertilizer

Compost – Nature’s Fertilizer
Compost is a natural soil conditioner and a great source of nutrients. Through the natural breakdown of organic material, composting can reduce …

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Choosing Grass Seed

Choosing Grass Seed
Lawns in Canada consist mostly of cold weather grasses that have their main growth periods in the spring and fall. There are a …

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