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432-00064 (Environment)

Paper petition

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health


We do not consent to and are strongly opposed to:

  • The use and application of herbicides and surfactants by the forestry industry, which is detrimental to the environment, local flora and fauna, and water sources;
  • Herbicides being used by the forestry industry to prevent the natural return of the forest's biodiversity, increasing the risk to forest fires and in turn accelerating climate change, risking a loss of economic value, and threatening communities and the overall health of Canadians.

We, the electors of Canada, call upon the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health to:

  • Ban the commercial use of herbicides in the forestry industry in Canada, with the exception of addressing invasive species that are well documented.

Response by the Minister of Health

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): Darren Fisher

The Government is committed to the health and safety of Canadians, their environment and their food supply.  Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) continues to diligently ensure that only pest control products meeting our stringent health and environmental standards are approved for use in Canada. Pesticides are regulated under the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA), which is administered by Health Canada, to protect Canadians and their environment from risks associated with the use of pesticides.  If the use of a pesticide poses unacceptable risks to human health or the environment, it is not registered or otherwise authorized for use in Canada.

Federal, provincial/territorial and municipal governments have shared responsibilities for regulating pesticides. While Health Canada registers pesticides, it does not decide whether those products will be used for forestry or any other purpose. Permitting or restricting the use of federally approved pesticides falls under the authority of the province, for both provincial crown land and privately held land within the province.  The  use of a herbicide in forestry operations is subject to the relevant provincial requirements. For example, in some provinces, such as Ontario,  forest management plans must include the pesticides that are expected to be used in forestry operations. While there are some differences from province to province, the approval of plans generally fall under the jurisdiction of a provincial natural resources department.


Provincial responsibilities for pesticides also include, but are not limited to, regulating the sale, use, transportation, storage and disposal of pesticides. Provinces also conduct compliance monitoring that complements federal compliance programs, and issue spray licences and/or permits to pesticide applicators, operators and vendors. For example, the use of herbicides in forestry management may require the use of aerial application.  Pesticide regulators, generally located within provincial environment departments, issue site specific permits when any pesticide is applied by air. These provincial approvals are designed to complement the federal pesticide regulatory system.

Presented to the House of Commons
Rachel Blaney (North Island—Powell River)
October 5, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00064)
Government response tabled
November 18, 2020
Photo - Rachel Blaney
North Island—Powell River
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia

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