For more than 20 years, the Quebec government has been working to control pesticides in order to help protect the drinking water in cities and towns, as well as to avoid the harmful health effects these products can have on animal and humans. The general rule if you are looking to kill weeds in your driveway or garden is to go to a store like RONA or Canadian Tire, and buy a product that is ready-to-use. Since they are sold by retailers, these products are allowed to be used. Bottom line, if you cannot buy it in Quebec at a store, then it is not legal to use, and you are subject to fines and penalties.
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Lawn care pesticides in Quebec are regulated by the Pesticides Act and the Environment Quality Act. These two acts are administered by the “Ministère du Développement Durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques.
Approved in 1987, and with modifications made in 1993, The Pesticides Act aims to prevent any harm to human health, as well as any harmful effects on the environment, while reducing the use of pesticides in Quebec. The act controls the use of harmful pesticides in Quebec, warns people on the negative effects of such products, and instructs about how to find viable alternatives to replace pesticides.
Pesticides are classified into five levels of environmental and human health impact
Pesticides in Classes 1 and 2 are restricted for use. Those in Class 3 can be used for agricultural, industrial or commercial purposes. Classes 4 and 5 are considered products for domestic use.
Class 1: Pesticides which contain one or more ingredients of aldrin, aldicarb, chlordane, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, and pesticides that are not required for registration according to the Pest Control Act
Class 2: Restricted use under the Federal Pest Control Products Act
Class 3: Pesticides for agricultural, industrial, or commercial use by the Pest Control Products Act
Class 4: Pesticides considered to be for domestic use by the Pest Control Products Act. These are mostly concentrates, and includes mixtures of pesticides and fertilizers for lawns.
Class 5: These are pesticides that are ready-to-use products sold for domestic purposes.
For in-depth information about the Pesticides Act, click here.
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