The Province of Ontario’s Cosmetic Pesticide Ban came into effect as of April 22, 2009. This provincial legislation supersedes the City of London's Pesticide By-law, which was passed in 2006, and any other municipal pesticide bylaw. There is now one set of rules across Ontario.
Ontario’s Cosmetic Pesticide Ban prohibits the sale and use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes on lawns, gardens, parks and school yards, and includes many herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Over 250 products are banned for sale and more than 80 pesticide ingredients are banned for cosmetic uses.
There are exceptions for public health or safety reasons such as fighting West Nile Virus, killing stinging insects like wasps, or controlling poison ivy and other plants poisonous to the touch. Other exceptions include agriculture and forestry.
For more information about Ontario's cosmetic pesticide ban, including details specific to homeowners and industry please visit the Ontario Government's website or call the Ministry of the Environment's London's Office at 519-873-5000.