Legislation

For the benefit of our members and of people in our industry, the OVMA has compiled an extensive list of legislation sources that applies to many of our members.

Pesticides Act
(e-Laws Ontario)

Governs the storage, distribution, sale and use of pesticides. It establishes a licensing scheme for professional exterminators and maintains a pesticide classification system to ensure that these dangerous chemicals are not handled or used by unqualified persons.

Covers all aspects of pesticide use including: sale, disposal, transportation, storage, bans, changes to classification status etc. Regulation 63 which replaced Regulation 914 in 2009 outlines the rules and exceptions around the cosmetic pesticides ban.

Interpretation of land extermination notification requirements under the Pesticides Act.

Covers the responsibilities and procedures to control Noxious Weeds in Ontario.

The Pest Control Products Act (Federal)
(Department of Justice Canada)

Covers the responsibilities and procedures to control Noxious Weeds in Ontario.

Use this link to quickly find any pesticide label registered in Canada. Search by product name, PCP number, of by pest or crop.

Environmental Protection Act
(e-Laws Ontario)

Ontario’s principal environmental statute, the EPA was enacted in 1971. It prohibits the discharge of contaminants to the natural environment (air, land and water) which will cause an adverse effect. It requires the obtaining of approvals respecting air emissions, waste management activities and septic tanks; and it contains provisions requiring speedy cleaning of spills.

Environmental Assessment Act
(e-Laws Ontario)

Provides for the assessment of any proposed major undertaking — provincial, municipal or private — and allows full public participation. The Act considers the social, economic and cultural environment, as well as the “natural environment” to which the Environmental Protection Act applies. It applies routinely to certain categories or provincial and municipal undertakings, it applies to major private undertakings only it these are specifically designated by regulation.

Environmental Bill of Rights
(e-Laws Ontario)

Gives the public the means to ensure that the goals of environmental protection, conservation and restoration are achieved by government in an effective, timely, open and fair manner. The Act sets out minimum levels of public participation respecting government decisions on environmental matters. It also allows the public to request the review of environmental policies, Acts, regulations or instruments and the investigation of perceived environmental contravention. Ontario residents may bring a private legal action where a person has contravened environmental requirements so as to cause significant harm to a public resource of Ontario.

Ontario Pesticides Advisory Committee

Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)

Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) Frequently Asked Questions