Public Policy

CPMA advocates on behalf of the structural pest management industry to ensure that your concerns as a pest management professional are heard. CPMA represents our industry before the Ministry of Health Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), and other government agencies, keeping a watch out for pending regulations that could impact your business. CPMA communicates with government officials concerning the impacts proposed regulations will have on the pest management industry. As needed, CPMA convenes in-person meetings with government officials and agencies to further policy objectives. Additionally, CPMA coordinates policy initiatives with allied organizations. Members receive regular electronic and print updates on pressing issues to keep them informed throughout the process. 

 The list below includes notices in chronological order.

Health Canada's decision document on the use of fumigants that contain aluminum phosphide, magnesium phosphide or phosphine gas has raised several issues:

View the summary of Health Canada's decision document on the use of fumigants that contain aluminum phosphide, magnesium phosphide or phosphine gas.

View the letter from CPMA to Dr. Richard Aucoin, Executive Director, Health Canada, Pest Management Regulatory Agency from September 18, 2015.

Pesticide Label Search: Download the app from Health Canada's website

Licensed Exterminator - Structural Class: Information on New Requirements for the Use of Rodenticides

February 2015 PMRA Re-evaluation Update: English  |  French

Click here to read about The Future of Hazardous Product Regulations.
Click here to read CPMA Defending Pyrethrin/Pyrethroid Products Currently Under Evaluation at PMRA. 

CPMA PM Policy Committee Charge 2014

UPDATE - PMRA Re-evaluating Boric Acid
Click here to find out more about how CPMA has been defending professional uses of boric acid.

MISE À JOUR-  Décision de réévaluation de l'acide borique de l'ARLA
Cliquez ici pour vous renseigner davantage sur l'action prise par l'ACGP pour défendre les utilisations de l'acide borique

PMRA Re-evaluating Boric Acid
The Pest Management Regulatory Agency is proposing to eliminate certain use patterns of boric acid, as part of the re-evaluation of the compound.  Click here to read more including how to submit comments to PMRA expressing concerns about losing such a valuable tool.

Réévaluation de l'ARLA sur l'acide borique
L'Agence de réglementation de la lutte antiparasitaire (ARLA) propose éliminer certaines utilisations de l'acide borique, faisant partie du projet de réévaluation du composé. Veuillez cliquer ici pour apprendre davantage, y compris la façon dont vous pouvez soumettre vos commentaires à l'ARLA pour exprimer vos préoccupations concernant la perte de ce précieux outil.


An Important Note on Non-Registered Pesticides

Healthy Canadians - Government of Canada

PMRA - Notice of Objection - Difethialone

Report from the Pest Management Advisory Council

Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs


Réaction aux Punaises des Lits

Réaction aux Punaises des Lits dans les Appartements

Réaction aux Punaises des Lits Dans les Écoles

Réaction aux Punaises des Lits Dans les hôtels et les installations d’hébergement

Réaction aux Punaises des Lits Dans les établissements de santé

Réaction aux Punaises des Lits Dans les bureaux

Réaction aux Punaises des Lits dans les magasins de vente au détail

Réaction aux Punaises des Lits dans le transport collectif


Subscribe to PMRA Feeds:  Keep Up To Date

To keep abreast of news and regulatory developments at the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) you may subscribe to PMRA’s RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds. Please click here to learn more about the options available and set up alerts. 

PMRA Finalizes New Labels for the Use of Fumigants (April 2016)

PMRA Response to Urban Pesticides Questions

Recently the PMRA responded to a number of questions that were posed surrounding the urban pesticides issue by a national grower group, Grain Growers of Canada. The questions were focused on the recurring themes/allegations that are commonly raised by anti-pesticide activists. Although there is no date and it is not on letterhead, it was provided as an attachment to the response letter from Trish MacQuarrie, Director General of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at PMRA on January 18, 2010. 

Click here for the letter to PMRA from the Grain Growers of Canada.

Click here for PMRA's response.


PMRA Completes Rodenticide Reevaluation — Additional Restrictions Required

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has completed its reevaluation of eight rodenticides and is requiring additional mitigation measures to address concerns about ecological risks and risks to children and pets. The eight rodenticides are brodifacoum, bromadiolone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, difethialone, diphacinone, warfarin, and zinc phosphide. The Executive Summary of PMRA’s decision can be found by clicking here. With a few exceptions (e.g. the prohibition against using brodifacoum and difethialone outside of a structure), the mitigation measures adopted by PMRA are in-line with the recommendations made by CPMA.


Restrictions On Bird Control Products

The Ontario Ministries of the Environment and Natural Resources have provided the pest control industry with a pesticide memorandum of the current Peregrine Falcon Recovery sites with a request that bird control products such as 4-amino pyridine and strychnine impregnated corn not be used within a 7.5 km radius of these sites and that alternative methods be considered.

Click here to view a copy of the memorandum.

In addition, PMRA has released a proposed rodenticide re-evaluation. The document can be found by clicking here.


Letter to PMRA - URMULE Program

Click here to view a letter from CPMA to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) regarding the control of bed bugs in commercial and residential structures in accordance to the URMULE program.


Links for the Ministry of Environment

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick


Prince Edward Island


Classification Harmonization for Canada, A Proposal for Domestic Class Pesticides, 2007

Prepared by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Committee on Pest Management and Pesticides.

Click here for the English version.

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October 15-18, 2019 | San Diego, CA

Pest Management Canada
March 11-13, 2020 |  Quebec City, Quebec

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