On April 22, 2009, Ontario's ban on cosmetic pesticides came into effect. The ban is part of the McGuinty government's toxics reduction strategy to reduce pollution and protect families from toxic chemicals.
There are 11 classes* of pesticides in Ontario Regulation 63/09 and these, the regulation and the act are available on the Ministry of the Environment's web site at www.Ontario.ca/pesticideban. Pesticide products with controlled sales or banned sales are listed in Classes 7 and 8, respectively. Pesticide ingredients banned for use are listed in C class 9.
* Note: All classes are subject to change as newly registered pesticides are classified for sale and use in Ontario, or as products are reclassified or declassified.
On May 6, 2009, Council passed By-law 19-2009 repealing all previous municipal pesticide by-laws.