The Government of Ontario aims to protect pollinators by addressing the four main stressors that pollinators face: pesticide exposure; loss of habitat and nutrition; climate change and weather; disease, pests and genetics.
A comprehensive Pollinator Health Action Plan would improve the state of pollinator health in Ontario and strengthen their populations. The plan we are proposing to develop will promote a sustainable food supply, healthy ecosystems and a strong economy.
As a first step, the Province is proposing a change in the pesticides regulation to address the impact that pesticide exposure is having on pollinator health.
The draft regulatory amendments are intended to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid insecticide treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 percent by 2017. The amendments to Ontario Regulation 63/09, under the Pesticides Act would establish:
- a new class of pesticides consisting of corn and soybean seeds treated with the neonicotinoids, imidacloprid, clothianidin or thiamethoxam
- rules for the sale and use of treated seeds
- timing and implementation of the regulatory requirements.
If approved, new rules on the sale and use of corn and soybean seeds treated with the neonicotinoids, imidacloprid, clothianidin or thiamethoxam will be in place by July 1, 2015, in time for the 2016 agricultural planting season.