Proposed Ban on the Cosmetic Use of Pesticides

Municipal & Planning Law Blog

February 18, 2008

Submitted by Alexis Alyea

On January 18, 2008 the Ontario Ministry of the Environment posted a “Notice of intent to introduce legislation that would ban the cosmetic use of pesticides in Ontario” on the Environmental Registry. The MOE is inviting comment on the Notice until February 18th, 2008. The proposed ban would cover herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and combinations thereof, and focus on cosmetic applications, such as their use on lawns, private gardens, parks and school yards.

The legislation would target cities and towns, and would incorporate a number of important exemptions. For example, pesticides used in agricultural applications, on golf courses, and for public health purposes (such as for combating West Nile) would all be excluded. Golf courses, however, would be required to develop pesticide use plans.

The MOE is seeking comments on five particular areas. Comments should consider the proposed focus of the ban on cosmetic applications; the limiting of the ban to cities and towns; the golf course exemption and accompanying proposal regarding pesticide use plans; a proposed 3-year phased-in implementation; and, potentially widening its scope to also include a ban on the sale of cosmetic pesticides.

The MOE intends to introduce the legislation in the spring of this year. The full text of the Notice can be found at:

Ontario Environmental Registry

(EBR Registry No. 010-2248)