The Municipality of Mille-Isles is concerned about the harmful effects of pesticides on the environment and health as their use can affect non-target species such as humans, animals, plants, soil, water bodies and non-pest insects.
Pesticide use, which is governed by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s Pesticide Management Code, prohibits the use of synthetic (chemical) pesticides, whether applied by you or by a contractor, outside buildings except for low impact pesticides. Certain provisions of this code are addressed to citizens, in particular on the respect of distance from water bodies, streams and wetlands.
Here are some of the elements:
- ban on storing or preparing certain pesticides on grassed surfaces less than 30 meters from a water withdrawal site (surface or artesian well), a watercourse or a landscaped water;
- ban on applying any pesticide within 30 meters of a water withdrawal site;
- ban on applying any pesticide within 15 meters of lakes, streams and wetlands;
- ban on the application of almost all pesticides inside and outside childcare centers and primary and secondary schools;
- ban on ground treatments of pesticides against adult biting insects;
- ban for everyone, including the citizen, to apply strychnine and DDT.
When purchasing a pesticide, make sure it is registered with Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency.
If you witness illegal pesticide use or wish to file a complaint, please contact the Urban Planning and Environment Department. Justified complaints will be addressed to the regional branch of the Ministry of the Environment.
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