Forward Regulatory Plan 2023-2025: Regulations Amending the Pest Control Products Regulations (Strengthening the Regulation of Pest Control Products in Canada)

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations Amending the Pest Control Products Regulations (Strengthening the Regulation of Pest Control Products in Canada)

Enabling Act

Pest Control Products Act


Health Canada is proposing regulatory amendments in response to the spring 2022 consultations on the targeted review of the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA). The proposed amendments focus on the following areas:

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.

Potential impacts on people in Canada, including businesses

It is anticipated that the proposed regulatory amendments would strengthen protection of human health and the environment, including wildlife, from risks posed by pesticides in Canada. Specifically, the proposal would:


Health Canada launched a targeted review of the PCPA and published a discussion document in spring 2022. A What We Heard Report was published in fall 2022. The review determined that the department can achieve most of the transformation objectives within the current provisions of the PCPA.

A Notice of Intent (NOI) was published on June 20, 2023, followed by an informational webinar on July 25, 2023. The NOI was open for comments until September 8, 2023.

People in Canada will have the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed regulatory amendments during the Canada Gazette, Part I public comment period, which is expected to take place in spring 2024 and last 70 days.

Health Canada plans to publish the amended regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II in spring 2025.

Further information

Additional information can be requested from the departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Jordan Hancey
Policy and Regulatory Affairs Division
Pest Management Regulatory Agency
Health Canada

Telephone: 613-302-3886

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

November 2023

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