More pesticide changes for Ontario retailers

February 17, 2011
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Feb. 17, 2011 - The Ontario Pesticides Advisory Committee is bringing in new pesticide changes that will affect Ontario garden centres beginning on April 22, 2011.

Under this new legislation, only Class 6 pesticide products in Ontario can be openly sold and displayed on shelves. These products are classified as those that don’t have any outdoor uses with the exception of products used for health and safety (ie. mosquito repellant, wasp and hornet sprays). Class 6 products are the least hazardous domestic pesticides that can be used by homeowners and include biopesticides and certain lower risk pesticides. All are registered with Health Canada for domestic use only.

Garden centres need to be aware that many products they sell have dual uses and can be used indoor and indoor. Most products with dual use claims that carry a domestic registration with Health Canada are now Class 7 products. As of April 22, 2011, these products must be placed in a cage, behind glass or under the counter. When these products are sold to a consumer, the consumer must be given a Vendor Notification Form. The form lets consumers know that they have purchased a controlled sale pesticide and states that “Certain uses of this pesticide to control weeds or insects outdoors, such as on your lawn or garden are prohibited.” You can download the form or find out more about it by visiting the Ministry of Environment’s website here.  

In advance of these changes, pesticide companies like Doktor Doom have made proactive changes to their products to help garden centres comply with these new rules. One example is changing dual use products to indoor-only products, which allows retailers to sell them as Class 6 and stock them openly on retail shelves. “We’ve been proactive with respect to this and have tried our best to educate the retailers about this. We have gone through all the hoops with OPAC and Health Canada and created a very expansive line of Class 6 products for retailers to make marketing easy and comply with the law easy,” says Grigg Kellock of Doktor Doom.

As more information becomes available, Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery magazine will keep you updated both online and in the magazine.

Online resources:

Ontario Pesticide Advisory Council

Important Information for Vendors Selling Pesticides

Pesticide Classes and Database

Ontario’s Cosmetic Pesticides Ban: What Unlicensed Vendors Need to Know

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