The Cosmetic Use of Pesticides Consultation 2016 is now closed. All comments received are under review. Thank you for your interest and participation.
Legislation concerning the sale and use of "cosmetic pesticides" took effect in 2015 with amendments to The Environment Act and the enactment of the Non-Essential Pesticide Use Regulation. The legislation restricts the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides for lawn care in Manitoba and prohibits the use of certain cosmetic pesticides on lawns and adjoining properties of residential, commercial, government and institutional properties.
The intent of the legislation is to reduce exposure of people and pets to pesticides used in lawn care for non-essential ("cosmetic") purposes. The regulation restricts the application of the act to herbicides only and identifies a list of allowable herbicides that can be used unrestricted for the non-essential control of weeds.
The legislation applies to:
Restricted herbicides can still be:
Manitoba Sustainable Development administers a permitting process for the use of pesticides on public land by weed control districts, municipalities, railways, utilities, school divisions and golf courses in accordance with The Pesticides Regulation under The Environment Act. Permits list the products approved for use and specify where and when these products can be applied.
Manitoba Agriculture administers The Pesticides and Fertilizers License Regulation under The Pesticides and Fertilizers Control Act requiring retail pesticide dealers and commercial pesticide applicators to be certified and licensed. However, these statutes do not require such licensing for retailers or users of “domestic class” products (for home use) or for agricultural own-use.
Manitoba Agriculture is also responsible for The Noxious Weeds Act and The Plant Pest and Diseases Act. The Noxious Weeds Act has recently been amended to allow categorization of weeds. This act amendment has received Royal Assent but has not yet been proclaimed awaiting completion of regulations.