In the Comox Valley, pesticides are regulated through municipal bylaws that are in place to protect both the environment and the health and safety of residents in our local communities.
The "Nature Works" program is an education and awareness program, developed by the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) that encourages the use of pesticide alternatives and spreads awareness about creating pesticide-free lawns and gardens.
Pesticide Bylaws in the Comox Valley
Hundreds of Canadian cities and towns have bylaws to control the use of pesticides. In the Comox Valley, the following municipalities have pesticide bylaws in place:
- Village of Cumberland pesticide use bylaw
- Town of Comox pesticide use bylaw
- City of Courtenay pesticide use bylaw
Important Provincial Changes to Residential Pesticide Bylaws
The Ministry of Environment, under the Integrated Pest Management Regulation, recently enacted a new set of regulations that prohibit and limit the usage, sale and distribution of many household and commercial pesticides.
In 2016, the provincial regulations governing pesticide usage were changed to stipulate that pesticides can only be used by those who have training and proper certification. To access guides that describe the changes to the rules, and to learn how they affect you, visit the Ministry of Environment website.
Healthy Choices to Control Lawn and Garden Pests
- Healthy Choices to Control Lawn and Garden Pests (incl. all pages below)
- Black Spot
- Broadleaf Weeds
- Codling Moth
- Root Weevil
- Spider Mites
- Yellow Jackets
Learn more about pesticide alternatives, as well as the movement toward the elimination of non-essential pesticide use.
Comox Valley Pesticide Resources
A list of local organizations and projects dedicated to reducing the use of pesticides in the Comox Valley.