The Ontario Pesticides Act - and Regulation 914 under the act - provide a regulatory framework for managing pesticides.
The Ministry of the Environment provides education and training on responsible pesticide use and monitors and enforces compliance. The act also regulates transportation, storage and disposal of pesticides. Licenses are required for selling pesticides, applying them or for operating pesticide applicators. Among the act's requirements:
The Cosmetic Pesticides Ban has been added as an amendment to the Pesticides Act in April 2009 as part of the Ontario government's plan to reduce public exposure to pesticides. The ban was created to apply to cosmetic use of pesticides to control weeds and insects as this presents an unnecessary risk to small children and pets - especially given the non-toxic alternatives available.