Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban (New)
The new Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban is now in effect. The law was passed on March
4, 2009 and took effect on April 22, 2009.
Under the new legislation, approximately 250 pesticide products are banned for sale and more
than 80 pesticide ingredients are banned for cosmetic uses.
The intent of the new cosmetic pesticide ban is to encourage healthier, greener approaches
to lawn and garden care.
Pesticides will only be available for purchase for public health and safety reasons such as
fighting West Nile Virus, killing stinging insects like wasps or to control poison ivy and
other plants poisonous to the touch. Biopesticides and lower-risk pesticides to control
weeds and pests will also be available.
For detailed information regarding the new Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban including fact
sheets on What Homeowners and Gardeners Need to Know; What Licensed Exterminators (Landscape
Class) Need to Know; Pesticide Regulations; Pesticide Act; Pesticide Classes and Database;
Healthy Lawn and Garden Tips; disposal of pesticides and much more, visit the MOE's website at
www.Ontario.ca/pesticideban or contact the
Public Information Centre at:
TTY Line: 416-326-9236