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Proceedings Ninth Bird Control Seminar, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, October 4-6, 1983. Ed. William B. Jackson and Beth Jackson Dodd


Copyright © 1983 M.P. Stewart & G.W.J. Laidlaw


In Canada there are in excess of 100 laws that have some authority over the sale, use, or consequence of use of pesticides. This includes legislation adopted by federal, provincial, and municipal governments, but only a few of these relate only to pesticides. The principal federal law that governs sale and use of pesticides is the Pest Control Products Act. Under the authority of the P.C.P. Act, the Pesticides Division of Agriculture Canada reviews registration applications for all pesticides intended for use in Canada. The Act defines a control product as anything that is manufactured (including devices), represented, sold, or used in controlling, preventing, destroying, mitigating, attracting, or repelling any pest. Thus, in addition to the traditional agricultural herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and vertebrate control products, such product classes as diSinfectants, algaecides, slimicides, wood preservatives, antimicrobial additives to plants, plastics, cements, textiles, etc., require registration. The Act may be broken down into four major clauses:

(1) No person shall manufacture, store, display, distribute, or use any control product under unsafe conditions related to human health or environmental quality.

(2) No person may package, label, or advertise any control product which could be deceptive in character, value, quantity, composition, merit, or safety.

(3) No person shall sell or import any control product, unless it is registered.

(4) No person shall export or convey from province to province any control product which is not made in a registered manufacturing establishment.

The remaining elements of the Act and the Regulations are oriented to provide authority to achieve these purposes.