Pesticide Awareness

An Overview for ResidentsNature Works Logo

"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:

Resources for Healthy Lawn and Gardens