An Overview for Residents
"Nature Works" is an education and awareness program developed by the Comox Valley Regional District that encourages the use of pesticide alternatives for municipalities with pesticide bylaws, and other areas that simply want to know more about creating pesticide-free lawns and gardens.
Which municipalities have pesticide bylaws
Hundreds of Canadian cities and towns have bylaws to ban the use of pesticides. In the Comox Valley, the following municipalities have bylaws in place:
Changes to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation
The Ministry of Environment has recently amended the Integrated Pest Management Regulation under the Integrated Pest Management Act. The changes follow extensive consultation on the sale and cosmetic use of pesticides, as described above.
The objectives of the amendments are to ensure that:
- Pesticides will be used by people with knowledge and training;
- Pesticides will be used as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) process; and
- Public interaction with pesticide vendors at the point of sale will increase.
The amendments to the regulation can be located by visiting the Ministry of Environment's webpage. The new requirements are effective July 1, 2016.
The Ministry have developed a series of fact sheets and guidance documents that describe the changes:
- The Rules Have Changed - A Guide for Residents [PDF - 491 KB]
- The Rules Have Changed - A Guide for Vendors and Dispensers [PDF - 535 KB]
- The Rules Have Changed - A Guide for Landscapers [PDF - 506 KB]
- The Rules Have Changed - A Guide for Golf Courses, Gardens and Cemeteries [PDF - 512 KB]
- The Rules Have Changed - A Guide for Industrial Land Managers Using Pesticides [PDF - 205 KB]
- The Rules Have Changed - Schedule 2 (Excluded Pesticides) [PDF - 469 KB]
- The Rules Have Changed - Schedule 5 [PDF - 414 KB]
Resources for Healthy Lawn and Gardens
- Check out "Greenscaping the Valley" on Facebook
- Natural lawn care seasonal pocket guide [PDF - 173 KB]
- Healthy Choices to Control Lawn and Garden Pests (incl. all pages below)
[PDF - 1.8 MB]