BC's 40 Bylaws

Burnaby*
Comox
Coquitlam
Courtenay
Cumberland*
Delta
Esquimalt
Fernie*
Gibsons*
Golden*
Harrison Hot Springs
Invermere
Kamloops*
Kelowna*
Kimberley
Langley (City)*
Maple Ridge*
Nanaimo
Nelson*
New Westminster* 
North Vancouver (City)*
North Van (District)*
Oak Bay*
Pitt Meadows
Port Moody*
Port Coquitlam 
Qualicum Beach
Revelstoke
Richmond
Saanich*
Salmon Arm*
Sechelt*
Surrey*
Terrace
Tofino
Vancouver
Victoria*
West Van (District)*
Whistler
White Rock
 
* Not recommended due to
continued pesticide use
by exemption, IPM or permit.

What's Banned?

"How do I know
if a pesticide is
restricted or permitted?


Read the label.

Common active ingredients
in most conventional
pesticides, such as
2,4-D, Mecorprop,
Dicamba, Glyphosate,
Carbaryl and Malathion
are now restricted
under the Bylaw."

BC's 39th bylaw community
(a precautionary one!)
City of Coquitlam
Pesticide Use Control Bylaw info
April 23, 2012.

PF Municipal Programs

BC has many excellent
pesticide free
municipal education 
programs including . . . 

The Lower Mainland's
North Shore
GardenSmart program

and the City of Richmond
hold very successful
organic yard & lawn care
workshops.

Does your community 
have similar fun, 
informative events
on sustainable
organic lawn & garden
practices?

The Regional District
of Nanaimo's Kelowna's
Pesticide Free initiatives
include Healthy Yard tips
You Tube videos
and 
pesticide free workshops.

Revelstoke has terrific info 
on landscaping problems, 
less toxic pesticides
and 
natural solutions in their
Environmentally Friendly Pesticides brochure.

Vancouver Island’s 
Capital Regional District 
Pesticide Use 
Reduction Education

includes a sign 
so neighbours know 
your lawn is safe 
for their children and pets.

Print "Pesticide Free" Poster

poster

Click on image
to print this poster.
Put it up in your
neighbourhood.

Together, let's make
BC pesticide free!

Help BC go Pesticide Free!

The Canadian Cancer Society
continues to lead BC's
health and environmental
groups' advocacy for a
province-wide ban.

See Coalition's Feb 3, 2012
ban statement.

Review ban legislation
given to BC's Environment
Minister in 2010.

Join the CCS's "Pesticide Free
BC" Facebook discussions.

Take action! to help BC
go pesticide free.
BC's Bylaws and Education Info

The bylaws and education programs of BC’s 40 pesticide bylaw communities are listed below.

Port Moody passed the first bylaw in December 2003, with the City of Langley the latest in July 2012.

Eight communities considering a pesticide bylaw are not included: Abbotsford, Ashcroft, Campbell River, Castlegar, Lantzville, Osoyoos, Ucluelet and Williams Lake.


Almost two thirds of BCers (65%) live in a community with a cosmetic pesticide bylaw.

The " * " identifies "not recommended" bylaws in 21 communities due to continued pesticide use by exemption or permit, including IPM practices. Just over a third of BCers (34%) live in these communities:

 

Burnaby, Cumberland, Fernie, Gibsons, Golden, Kamloops, Kelowna, Langley (City), Maple Ridge, Nelson, New Westminster, North Vancouver (City), North Vancouver (District), Oak Bay, Port Moody, Saanich, Salmon Arm, Sechelt, Surrey, Victoria and West Vancouver (District).


A third of BCers (31%) live in 19 "better protection" communities where pesticide use is banned on municipal and residential properties:


Comox, Coquitlam, Courtenay, Delta, Esquimalt, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Nanaimo, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam,  Qualicum Beach, Revelstoke, Richmond, Terrace, Tofino, Vancouver (City), Whistler and White Rock.

 

In October 2012, Port Alberni rescinded its' May 2009 "not recommended" bylaw in favour of continued use of staff's pesticide reduction Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan and improved education on safe use and reduction.

 

To access BC's pesticide bylaws, click on the community name in the chart below. Click on the education program link for info that is available in each community.

Be wary of "plant health" information and programs that encourage IPM as pesticide use is not banned.

Programs that focus on sustainable organic "Pesticide Free" practices are healthier and safer for people, pets and the environment. For Pesticide Free examples, see left sidebar "PF Municipal Programs".


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For why these bylaws don't really protect BCers, click here.

For why BC needs to ban the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides, and why this won't happen under the BC Liberals , click here.
                 

Community Bylaws (Type/2011 Census Pop) Date Adopted For Municipal Property For Residential Property Education Program

Burnaby*

(City 223 218)

June 16 2008 April 1 2009 April 1 2009  Let it Grow Naturally
Comox
(Town 13 627) 
Sept 20 2006  Sept 20 2006 Jan 1 2008  Comox Valley Regional District - Nature Works

Coquitlam

(City 126 456)

April 23 2012 April 23 2012 April 23 2012 Pesticides 

Courtenay

(City 24 099)

Oct 3 2007 Oct 3 2007 Jan 1 2008 Comox Valley Regional District - Nature Works

Cumberland*

(Village 3 398)

Nov 6 2006 Nov 6 2006 Nov 6 2006 Comox Valley Regional District - Nature Works

Delta

(District Municipality

99 863)

Nov 16 2009  Nov 16 2010  Nov 16 2010  Pesticide Use Control Bylaw
(District Municipality
16 209)
July 14 2008 July 14 2008  July 14 2008

Sustainability & Environment  Pesticide Reduction

Capital Regional District - Pesticide Use Reduction Education (PURE)

Fernie*
(City 4 448)
March 22 2010
Jan 1 2011
Jan 1 2011
Background info. Citizens are referred to PF Columbia Basin website.
Gibsons*
(Town 4 437) 
April 19 2005 April 19 2005  April 19 2005 Pesticide Free Gardening Tips (scroll down for info)
Golden
(Town 3 701)
Oct 5 2010 Oct 5 2010 April 1 2011 No info available
Harrison Hot Springs (Village 1 468) Sept 13 2010 Sept 13 2010 Sept 13 2010 No info planned

Invermere
(District Municipality

2 955)

Feb 24 2009  Feb 24 2009  May 1 2009 

Pesticide Free

Pesticide Alternatives brochure

Kamloops*

(City 85 678) 

July 28 2009 July 28 2009 March 15 2010

healthy landscapes, healthy living

Kelowna*

(City 117 312)

Mar 31 2008 Exempt Jan 1 2009

Pesticide Free
Read the Label info

Kimberley
(City 6 652)

Feb 8 2010

Feb 8 2010
 Feb 8 2010

Pesticides

Langley*
(City 25 081)
July 9 2012 July 9 2012 July 9 2012 Pesticide Bylaw Application. Includes
Environmentally Friendly Pesticides brochure

Maple Ridge*
(District Municipality

76 052)

Dec 12 2006 Dec 12 2006 Mar 1 2007

What Do Pesticides Really Do in the Garden?

Partnered with Campaign for Pesticide Reduction Maple Ridge (CPR! Maple Ridge)

Nanaimo
(City 83 810)
April 26 2010
April 4, 2011
 April 4, 2011

Go Natural, Go Pesticide Free for Healthy Lawns and Gardens

Bylaw 7102 Brochure

Nelson*
(City 10 230) 
July 23 2007 July 23 2007 July 23 2007  Pesticide Bylaw brochure
New Westminster* (City 65 976) Mar 23 2009  Mar 1 2010 Mar 1 2010 

Smart Gardening & Lawn Care brochure

North Vancouver*

(City 48 196)

Nov 2 2009 Jan 1 2010 Jan 1 2010 Pesticide Use Control Bylaw 

North Shore GardenSmart Program

North Vancouver*
District Municipality

84 412)

July 7 2008 Jan 1 2009 Jan 1 2009

"Quick Guide" to Pesticide Bylaw

Allowed Pesticides without Permit

North Shore GardenSmart Program

Oak Bay*
(District Municipality

18 015)

Jan 24 2011 April 1 2011 April 1 2011

Pesticide Regulation Bylaw

Pesticide Educational Flyer

Pitt Meadows (City

17 736)

Sept 6 2011 Mar 1, 2012 Mar 1, 2012 No info available

Port Coquitlam

(City 56 342)

June 13 2011 June 13 2011 June 13 2011 Pesticide Use and Control
Pesticide Alternatives & Natural Solutions

Port Moody*

(City 32 975)

Dec 2 2003 Dec 2 2003 Jan 1 2006 Pesticide-free, naturally 

Qualicum Beach

(Town 8 687)

Nov 1 2010 Nov 1 2010 July 1 2011

Pesticide Use Bylaw

Nanaimo Regional District TeamWater Smart Alternatives to Pesticides brochure.

Revelstoke
(City 7 139)
Oct 4 2011 Oct 4 2011 Oct 4 2011

Pesticide Use Bylaw No. 1988 brochure

Environmentally Friendly Pesticides 
brochure

Richmond

(City 190 473)

Oct 13 2009 Oct 13 2009 Oct 13 2009

Pesticide Use Control Bylaw
Natural Yard and Garden Care

Saanich*
(District Municipality

109 752)

Jan 25 2010
May 1 2010
May 1 2010
Pesticide Reduction

Capital Regional District - Pesticide Use Reduction Education (PURE)

Salmon Arm*

(City 17 464)

Oct 27 2008 March 1 2009 March 1 2010
(District Municipality
9 291)
Feb 20 2008 Feb 20 2008 Feb 20 2008 Pesticide permit
Surrey*
(City 468 251)
May 3 2010
May 4, 2010

 May 4, 2010

Avoiding Pesticides: Pesticide Alternatives
Terrace
(City 11 486)
April 11 2011 April 11 2011 April 11 2011

Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw
Pesticide Bylaw Brochure

Tofino

(District Municipality

1 876)

Sept 22 2009 Sept 22 2009 Sept 22 2009 Tofino Pesticide Fact Sheet 

Vancouver

Amendment
(City 603 502)

July 12 2005 Jan 1 2006 Jan 1 2006 Gardening naturally
Victoria*
(City 80 017)
Feb 14 2008 Jan 11 2009 Jan 11 2009

Pesticide Reduction

Capital Regional District - Pesticide Use Reduction Education (PURE)

West Vancouver* (District Municipality
42 694)

Feb 14 2005 Jan 1 2006 Jan 1 2006 North Shore GardenSmart Program 

Whistler
(Resort Municipality

9 824)

Feb 18 2008 Feb 18 2008 Dec 31 2008 Pesticide Use Regulations

White Rock

(City 19 339)

Oct 5 2009 Oct 5 2009 Oct 5 2009  Environment Scroll down for info.

Sources
: Based on September 19, 2013 review of on-line pesticide bylaw information. Population data is from Statistics Canada's 2011 Census population data released in February 2012.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 10:57
 

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