Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fwd: Is this a legal use for roundup?

Sent this photo to the MOE in April 11/13 after seeing a flyer. Roundup is not permitted to be used except for poisonous plants like poison ivy. Don't see much poison ivy growing on hard surfaces. 

Here is also the response, received June 27th.

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Standards Development Branch

Direction de lélaboration des normes

40 St. Clair Ave. West

7th Floor

Toronto ON  M4V 1M2

40, avenue St. Clair ouest

7e étage

Toronto ON  M4V 1M2

Tel.:          416 327-5519
Fax:          416 327-2936

Tél.:          416 327-5519
Téléc.:       416 327-2936



June 27, 2013



Mr. Gerry Okimi  



Dear Mr. Okimi:


Thank you for your e-mail of April 11, 2013 about the requirements for the sale and use of RoundUp products in Ontario.  I have been asked to respond to your enquiry on behalf of the Honourable Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment.


Ontario's cosmetic pesticides ban took effect April 22, 2009.  The ban prohibits Ontario families and children from the unnecessary risks of cosmetic pesticides.  More than 100 pesticide ingredients are banned for cosmetic uses such as on lawns, gardens, parks and school yards.  Only biopesticides and certain lower-risk pesticides are allowed for controlling weeds and pest in lawns and gardens.


Under the ban, RoundUp products are Controlled Sales products that require licensed vendors selling these products to provide a Class 7 Handout to purchasers informing them that certain uses of these products are not allowed under the ban.

RoundUp products cannot be used on driveways, patios, lawns or gardens to control weeds or other vegetation as these are cosmetic uses, but can be used to control plants poisonous to humans by touch (e.g., poison ivy, giant hogweed).  Furthermore, controlled sale products must be offered for sale (advertised) in accordance with Ontario Regulation 63/09 made under the Pesticides Act.

When the ministry becomes aware or receives a report of suspected non-compliance with respect to the sale or use of prohibited pesticides, the ministry assesses each situation on a case by case basis to determine if the activity is in compliance with the legislation and to determine an appropriate response.  The ministry has a variety of compliance and enforcement tools available to help ensure that individuals are adhering to the requirements under the ban.

In response to your question of whether the specific advertisement you provided is in compliance with the pesticides legislation, the ministry will be reviewing the advertisement with our legal department to determine compliance with the pesticides legislation.


To report suspected non-compliance with the requirements of the cosmetic pesticides ban, I would encourage you to contact your local ministry district office during regular business hours (look in the Blue Pages in your telephone directory or see a listing on the ministry's web site at After business hours contact the ministry's Pollution Hotline at 1-866-MOE-TIPS (1-866-663-8477).


Thank you for your enquiry regarding RoundUp products.



Steve Klose



Gerry T Okimi
Turf King Hamilton Halton Haldimand
95 Hempstead Dr Unit 14, Hamilton ON L8W 2Y6
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