Manitoba Lifts Pesticide Ban
via Government of Manitoba
Manitobans can now apply all pesticide products that are registered with Health Canada, except in sensitive areas.
Out of an abundance of caution, pesticide use remains restricted at schools, child care centres, and hospitals. Use is now also restricted at municipal playgrounds, picnic areas, dog parks, and provincial parks. These areas are defined in pesticide use permits. Other prairie provinces have no ban on pesticides and do not protect sensitive areas.
The new legislation allows for the application of pesticides registered with Health Canada on low-risk areas such as municipal boulevards, sidewalks, rights-of-ways, fairgrounds, and on sports fields, except on school grounds. Commercial applicators for such areas must be licensed and must meet national certification standards. Applicators are trained to apply products correctly to reduce risks to Manitobans.
The Manitoba government is committed to protecting human health and the environment. It is also committed to science-based decision-making.
Changes to cosmetic pesticides legislation respond to what we heard from Manitobans. We heard the previous legislation was not working because products were ineffective.
Changes to The Environment Act:
- Improves flexibility for households to choose products for their lawns that have already been registered through Health Canada's rigorous review process.
- Out of an abundance of caution, continues to protect children and pets by restricting pesticide use at schools, child care centres, and hospitals. There are new restrictions on pesticide use in municipal playgrounds, picnic areas, dog parks, and provincial parks.
- Allows for the use of cosmetic pesticides registered with Health Canada in low-risk areas such as municipal boulevards, sidewalks, rights-of-ways, and fairgrounds.
Health Canada ensures pesticides are low-risk
All pesticides used in Manitoba must be registered with Health Canada. Cosmetic pesticides that are currently restricted in Manitoba are deemed low-risk by Health Canada.
Over 350 Health Canada scientists are dedicated to the review of pesticides. They use the most recent data and science available to assess risks to human health, pets, and the environment. Any pesticide must go through this rigorous review before it can be sold in Canada and must include instructions on how to safely apply the product.
Health Canada ensures pesticides are low-risk to Canadians, their pets and the environment. The label has easy-to-follow directions to increase safe handling. They consider personal protective equipment, how long pets should stay off the treated area, surface water setbacks, and application timing and amount.
Health Canada can initiate a special review if new research emerges that identifies risks from pesticides where there are reasonable grounds to believe that the health or environmental risks, or the value of a pesticide are no longer acceptable.
Exceptions to this Legislation
The following sectors continue to be exempt from this legislation:
- Agricultural sector (including ornamental, vegetable, and fruit gardens).
- Forestry activities, golf course operations, use on turf or sod farms.
- Activities to protect public health or safety for which no effective alternative exists. This includes the control of high-risk noxious weeds and poisonous or invasive species for which no effective alternative exists.
- Control of high-risk noxious weeds and poisonous or invasive species.