British Columbia Government Opens Public Consultations on Pesticide Legislation

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is considering restrictions on second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs). The rodenticides have been criticized for: (i) poisoning rodent animals; (ii) poisoning non-target animals who accidentally ingest the poison; and (iii) causing secondary poisoning when a non-target animal ingests an already poisoned rodent animal. The province released an “Intentions Paper” as justification for the review of the Integrated Pest Management Regulation, including a scientific review, regulatory gap analysis, and a survey of how SGARs are regulated in other jurisdictions. The proposed changes to the Regulation include prohibiting the use of SGARs by individuals, as well as most commercial and industrial operations. The public consultation period is currently open and closes June 19th, 2022. Participate in the consultation here.