Buying pest control products online

When buying pest control products (also known as pesticides) online, make sure you buy only pesticides that are registered for use in Canada.

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What you need to know before buying pesticides online

Pesticides are increasingly available online. Types of pesticides that are becoming more commonly available include:

When buying pesticides online, it’s important to be well informed. This is especially important if you’re buying from online platforms that resell products or sell products from third-party vendors. A professional-looking website does not ensure that the applicable Health Canada legislation and regulations for selling pesticides online are followed.

You need to make sure that you’re purchasing a product that’s registered by Health Canada. There are risks associated with unregistered products.

Unregistered pesticides may pose the following risks:

How to identify a registered pesticide

Before buying a pesticide, read the label.

You can recognize a pest control product registered by Health Canada by the registration number on the label. For example:

You can check the Pesticide Label Search Database to see if it’s registered for use in Canada. This database includes full labels. You can search registered labels by the registration number or product name.

The label of a pest control product registered in Canada also indicates:

Do not open or use a pesticide if the packaging appears damaged or looks as if it’s been tampered with. Instead, return it and report it to the vendor. If returning the product is not an option, contact your local city or town officials for information on how to dispose of household hazardous waste.

To know what to do in case of an incident, please visit our page on using pesticides safely.

Health Canada’s role

In Canada, only registered pesticides that have been assessed by Health Canada under the Pest Control Products Act for their safety and effectiveness are permitted for sale and use.

Before a pesticide can be authorized, Health Canada scientists:

To ensure that pesticides on the Canadian market continue to meet the latest scientific standards, pesticides are re-evaluated on an ongoing basis.

It’s a violation of the Pest Control Products Act to buy and use unregistered pesticides. Violators may be subject to enforcement action.

For more information, please visit our page on compliance and enforcement of pesticides.

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