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Ontario Bill 64

Ontario's Non Essential Pesticide Use Ban (Bill 64)
Ministry of the Environment - Pesticide Legislation

Bill 64 received Royal Assent in July 2008. The resulting Cosmetic Pesticide Ban allows golf courses to continue to use pesticides, but only if they comply with new stricter conditions. These conditions are articulated in Ontario Regulation 63/09 that was released March 4th, 2009 and goes into effect Earth Day April 2, 2009. The above link is to the pesticide page on the Province of Ontario website. It provides links to the legislative and regulatory aspects of the law as well as specific information on the impact of this legislation on golf courses.

To read about the key components of this bill, click here. For the FRENCH copy, click here.