On July 1, 2016, amendments to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation (IPMR) came into effect to ensure pesticides are used by people with training, and to ensure increased public interaction with certified vendors at the point of sale.
- IPMR is the result of government consultation with the public and stakeholders – taking into account over 8,000 public comments, in addition to recommendations from a special bi-partisan committee which examined the issue.
- The special committee recommended increased training requirements for people using pesticides. A licence or certificate is now required to apply pesticides on private landscaped areas to ensure they are used safely.
- British Columbians have the option to complete a free online course and exam to get a residential applicator certificate.
- The regulatory changes require stricter control on the sale of most domestic class pesticides.
- Service providers, landlords and businesses operating on private land must notify residents or the public when pesticides are applied in landscaped areas.
- For more information please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/pesticides-pest-management/pesticide-use/regulations-consultations