Forward Regulatory Plan 2019-2021: Regulations Amending the Pest Control Products Regulations (Labelling)

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations Amending the Pest Control Products Regulations (Labelling)

Enabling Act

Pest Control Products Act


To address a concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR) with respect to the definition of bulk container for the purposes of section 31 of the Pest Control Products Regulations and to clarify the labelling requirements for such containers.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

These amendments will align Canada’s requirements more closely with those of the United States. This, in turn, will improve predictability for regulated parties.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

These amendments will benefit Canadians by ensuring pest control products include the information required to handle, store, transport, and use the products safely.

They will lower container recycling costs, increase participation in the recycling program, and reduce environmental footprint.

In some cases, the change could result in a one-time cost for industry, if a company chooses to change the labels on their products. However, these impacts are expected to be minimal.


These amendments were discussed with industry stakeholders. In 2016, Health Canada consulted the industry groups representing most registrants, as well as provincial and territorial governments, to better understand the problem and to discuss potential solutions.

Furthermore, on December 5, 2017, Health Canada consulted key stakeholders via a public webinar presentation to seek their input on the proposed amendments. Stakeholders had until December 15 to provide any written comments they might have. These amendments took their comments into account, and stakeholders indicated that their concerns were addressed.

Canadians had the opportunity to provide comments on the regulatory proposal during the Canada Gazette, Part I, public comment period, which was published September 29, 2018 and lasted 75 days.

The publication of the amendments to the regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II, is expected to take place in spring 2019.

Further information

Additional information can be requested from the Departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Jordan Hancey
Policy, Communications and Regulatory Affairs Directorate
Pest Management Regulatory Agency
Health Canada

Telephone: 613-736-3914
Email address:

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

April 1, 2017

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