Packing of Pest Control Products

Res #: 23-23A
Number: 23
Year: 2023
Midterm: No
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

WHEREAS pest control products are being packed in larger quantities.

WHEREAS packages of pest control products need to be divided at times to hand out in smaller portions to ratepayers
resulting in difficulties distributing the products and creating potentially hazardous situations during the handling of
the products.

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby to have pest control products packaged in smaller quantities for distribution.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

March 11, 2024

Responsibility for the regulation of pesticides in Canada is shared by both the federal and provincial governments. In Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Agriculture oversees the licensing, use, transportation, and storage of pest control products under The Pest Control Products (Saskatchewan) Act and The Pest Control Products Regulations, 2015. Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency regulates all pesticides manufactured, used, sold, or imported into Canada under the Pest Control Products Act.

When registering pest control products, the registrants specify to Pest Management Regulatory Agency their desired package size range. Approved package sizes can range from grams to bulk containers. This allows the registrant flexibility to distribute products anywhere within the approved range. The caveat is that regardless of the package size, every container must bear the complete approved label. Under the federal Pest Control Products Act, pesticides may only be sold or distributed in the original package with the complete approved label. Any decanting or repackaging of pesticides is a violation of the legislation.

Rural municipalities that are faced with challenges finding pest control products in package sizes suitable for distribution to ratepayers may wish to consider using a licensed custom applicator to provide application services to alleviate these concerns.

Hon. David Marit – Minister of Agriculture