Rodenticide Regulation Changes
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Who: The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
What: Proposed regulation changes for rodenticides
Why: To ensure the protection of wildlife like owls from these rodenticides
Prior to permanent changes to the regulation that came into effect on January 21, 2023, there was an 18-month temporary Minister’s Order (PDF, 732KB).
The order was created to protect wildlife from unintended effects of SGAR use by banning or restricting their access. The minister’s order was in place from July 21, 2021 to January 20, 2023.
The ministry conducted the following activities:
- Completed a scientific review to better understand certain rodenticide use patterns and risks to wildlife
- Review the SGARs and Risks to Non-target Wildlife Science Review (PDF, 656KB) to learn about the findings
- Established working groups with local governments and First Nations
- Improved pesticide training materials
- Reviewed how SGARs are regulated in other locations outside of B.C.
On May 4, 2022, the ministry released the IPMR Rodenticide Review Intentions Paper (PDF, 1MB).
The paper proposed changes to the IPMR for sale and use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs).
Almost 1,600 responses were received. Submitted comments were reviewed to improve the final policy.
Read the Engagement Summary.
As of January 21, 2023, the regulatory amendments are in effect.