Ministry of Environment Launches Pesticide Regulations Consultations
By: Teri Dickinson, Regulatory Affairs Group Manager, email
On October 28, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks launched a 45-day public consultation. This consultation proposes amendments to O. Reg. 63/09. The aligns with the introduction of Bill 132, supporting the elimination of the Ontario Pesticides Advisory Committee (OPAC).
To achieve this objective, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment is proposing to end Ontario’s duplicative application process for the classification of pesticides. The intent is also to align with the federal government’s application process, as all other provinces do. This proposal would harmonize Ontario’s pesticides classes with the federal categories. Ontario would continue to maintain the general regulatory requirements, including licensing and permitting realigned to the federal categories.
Ontario will continue to deviate from the federal government in two key ways.
- By maintaining its cosmetic pesticide ban.
- Restrictions on the sale and use of neonicotinoid (NNI)-treated corn and soybean seeds.
Comment period is open until December 12, 2019.
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