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Earlier this month Mr. André Boisclair, Minister of State for Municipal Affairs, Greater Montréal, Environment and Water announced the adoption of a new Pesticide Management Code to strictly regulate the storage, sales and use of pesticides in Québec. The Code will link the minimal and prudent use of these products with the protection of citizens' health and the environment.
This bold regulation, one of the most innovative in North America, is the outcome of wide-scale consultation. Its aim is to ensure that permit or certificate holders make cautious and measured use of pesticides. The environmental management approach that it advocates would limit the non-essential use of pesticides to the bare essentials in matters of lawn maintenance, with public, semi-public and municipal property particularly in mind. Day care centers, elementary and secondary schools shall also be as free as possible from pesticides.
It should be noted that the Pesticide Management Code results from recommendations made in the report submitted in March 2002 by the Groupe de réflexion sur les pesticides en milieu urbain, whose mandate was to identify possible solutions that would enable Quebecers to reduce their dependence on these products. This regulation was the focus of a public consultation that took place from July 3 to September 3, 2002. At the consultation, over 71 individuals, groups and organizations presented their opinions and suggestions to the Minister of the Environment, and 134 letters of support were sent to him.
Highlights of the Pesticide Management Code
Pesticide Use Rules:
"The Government of Québec is once again breaking new ground with this avant-garde regulation which aims to provide citizens with a clean environment. For the well-being of future generations, I invite municipalities, businesses and individual Quebecers to contribute the new direction proposed in the Pesticide Management Code. The Code's adoption represents a significant investment in the health of Quebecers," concluded the Minister.
Beyond Pesticides commends the Government of Québec for adopting proactive legislation to protect the health of its citizens.
the Pesticide Management Code and the Regulation Adjustments to the
Regulation respecting permits and certificates for the sale and use
of pesticides is available at the following address:
For a list of ingredients
which will be prohibited for lawn maintenance purposes and a list of
active ingredients which will be allowed inside and outside childcare
centers as well as elementary and secondary school visit the following
Lévesque, Press officer, Office of the Minister of State for
Municipal Affairs and Greater Montréal, the Environment and Water.
Phone: (418) 521-3911 Louise Barrette, Communications Department, Ministère