The Voice of Nova Scotia's Landscape & Horticultural Industry

Non-essential Pesticides Ban in NS

The Exceptions to Prohibitions on Non-essential Pesticides Regulations follow legislation restricting the use of non-essential pesticides in Nova Scotia, passed in May 2010. The legislation applies to lawn care and ornamental plants on residential, commercial, government, and institutional properties, such as hospitals, long-terms care facilities, schools, parks, and recreational facilities. 

Forestry, agriculture (including home vegetable and fruit gardens) and golf courses are exempt.

The regulations are accompanied by a
list of allowable pesticides, which includes those considered to pose a reduced risk to humans and the environment.

The sale and use of pesticides not on the list ('excepted use pesticides') will be prohibited on lawns as of April 1, 2011. The legislation will extend to ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees on April 1, 2012.

The regulations outline the circumstances in which excepted use pesticides may be used on lawns and ornamental gardens.

These circumstances include the control of  insects, plants and fungus that may:
- be a health concern, such as European Fire Ant
- be poisonous to the touch, such  as poison ivy
- be an invasive species, such as Japanese Knotweed
- cause structural damage to buildings, such as carpenter ants

Nova Scotia's list of allowable pesticides is based on Ontario's and the Canadian General Standards Board's lists.

More information

- Pesticide legislation
- Regulations and the list of allowable pesticides
- HRM Pesticide By-law (restrictions regarding the use of pesticides on residential property)

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