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Pesticide Investigations and Regulations in Saskatchewan

Responsibility for the regulation of pesticides in Canada is shared by both the federal and provincial governments. You may need to contact different entities depending on the situation.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

Contact for pesticide drift, misapplication, misuse or unsafe practice by a licensed applicator or contraventions to The Pest Control Products (Saskatchewan) Act and the associated Pest Control Products Regulations 2015.

Complaints must be submitted within 30 days of the incident. Reporting pesticide-related incidents promptly allows the Ministry of Agriculture to gather evidence to conduct a thorough investigation, which assists in determining the cause of the incident, assessing the severity of the impact, and taking the necessary steps to mitigate any further risks. Areas potentially affected by a spray drift should not be harvested or discarded before a ministry representative can analyze and collect samples.

Health Canada

Pesticide drift, misapplication, misuse or unsafe practice by an individual or producer, exposure to a pest control product causing adverse health effects, registered pest control products, registered uses of a pest control products and contraventions to Canada's Pest Control Products Act and associated Pest Control Products Regulations.

Pest Management Information Service
Pest Management Regulatory Agency
Health Canada
2720 Riverside Drive
Ottawa ON  K1A 0K9
Telephone: 613-736-3799

Transport Canada

The flight of an aircraft while performing a pesticide application, including but not limited to low-flying aircraft and flying over built-up areas or towns.

Civil Aviation Communications Centre
Prairie Regional Service Centre
Toll-free: 1-888-463-0521

The Role of the Province:
  • To enforce The Pest Control Products (Saskatchewan) Act and the Pest Control Products Regulations (2015).
  • To investigate potential contraventions to Canada's Pest Control Products Act and Regulations.
  • To perform inspections of provincially licensed vendors and service providers.
  • To perform audits of provincially licensed applicators.
  • The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture does not pursue or provide assistance in matters of compensation for damages.

There are four main pieces of legislation that directly apply to pesticides in Canada and Saskatchewan (two federal and two provincial):

  1. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture regulates licensed applicators within the province through The Pest Control Products (Saskatchewan) Act and The Pest Control Products Regulations 2015.
  2. Health Canada regulates the registration and use of pesticide in Canada; through the Pest Control Products Act and the Pest Control Products Regulations.
  3. Transport Canada regulates the flight of the aircraft during aerial pesticide application through the Canadian Aviation Regulations.
  4. Compensation is a civil matter normally worked out between the complainant and the applicator. Either party may be advised by a lawyer and a professional agrologist. A list of forensic agrologists, is available through the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrology.

Pesticide Applicator Licensing Requirements in Saskatchewan

The provincial government issues pesticide licences to commercial pesticide applicators, application businesses and retail vendors through the Pesticide Licensing Program. The Pesticide Licensing Program supports the safe handling, storage and application of pest control products as required by The Pest Control Products (Saskatchewan) Act.

In Saskatchewan, this Act requires any person wanting to purchase and use federally registered restricted or commercial class pesticides for hire or reward to hold a Saskatchewan Pesticide Applicator Licence.

This licence is not required for producers spraying pesticides on their own operation but it is required for producers that conduct commercial pesticide application for hire or reward off-site.

For more information on obtaining a pesticide applicator licence in Saskatchewan, contact the Pesticide Licensing Program.

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