Pest Control Products Act

Collection of materials about reforming federal pesticide law

Repeated calls were made throughout the 1990s for an overhaul of the Pest Control Products Act, the federal statute governing registration and use of pesticides in Canada. Reform began in the United States with changes to several laws, including the US Food and Drug Act of 1996. These changes were made largely due to increasing understanding of the greater exposure and vulnerability of children to pesticides. Canada followed suit during 2001 and 2002. The revised Pest Control Products Act incorporated a number of progressive reforms to ensure the protection of children and the application of a more precautionary approach to pesticide standard setting.  The new law is expected to be proclaimed during 2004. CELA will be monitoring whether its implementation lives up to its promise.

The materials linked below include detailed and summary publications and media releases prepared by CELA during iterative stages of consultation on the Pest Control Products Act.

Media Releases

Science Under Siege at the Commons Agriculture Committee
House of Commons committee to open hearings on neonic pesticide with industry-biased panel
CELA Celebrates Feds Decision to Stop Conditional Registrations of Pesticides
Don't bee fooled: neonics are still toxic to honeybees
Government Missing Opportunity to Protect Children and Wildlife from Pesticides
Coalition Urges Minister: Make Changes to Pesticides Act That Matter
Environmental Groups Objections Highlight Need for New Pesticide Law

Intervenor Articles

Intervenor: Vol 24. No 4 October - December 1999
Intervenor: vol. 27, no. 3 - 4, July - December 2002
Intervenor: vol. 27, no. 1 - 2, January - June 2002
Intervenor: vol. 27, no. 1 - 2, January - June 2002

Publications