TORONTO, ON – This week Health Canada announced that it is ending the practice of granting “conditional registration” for pesticides. This is a significant step in protecting wildlife and the health of Canadians.

For too long, this loophole allowed companies to register pesticides for use and sale without adequate data on human health and environmental impacts. Some pesticide companies have renewed conditional registrations multiple times, without providing the required data.

In some cases, this kept chemicals with unknown impacts on the market for over 10 years. Certain bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides fall into this category; after many years on the market, the evidence of their effects on pollinators has become damning.

Environmental Defence has long opposed conditional pesticide registration and last year testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health about the need to end this practice.

Environmental Defence applauds Health Canada for announcing an end to the practice of conditional registration. We look forward to working with the department and Environment Canada on other needed improvements to the federal management of toxic chemicals.

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact

Tim Ehlich, Environmental Defence, 647-468-3641 (cell);tehlich@environmentaldefence.ca