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Dusana Bondy, SPMAO President
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The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (the ministry) is advising you of a Minister’s Order, created under the Integrated Pest Management Act (IPMA) section 8, which bans the use of certain rodenticides to prevent wildlife poisonings. The ministry is committed to protecting wildlife by reducing risks to wildlife from rodenticide (rat poison) use.
Wildlife, primarily owls and other raptors, have been dying due to consuming rodents poisoned by second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs). In response, the minister issued a Minister’s Order effective July 21, 2021 banning the sale and use of SGARs in B.C. that contain the active ingredients brodifacoum, bromadiolone or difethialone. The Minister’s Order will be in place for 18-months while ministry staff undertake a scientific review to better understand the risks of SGARs to wildlife and identify appropriate mitigation methods. Recommendations based on the outcome of the science review will be used to inform future policy options.
Exemptions to the ban are being provided for “essential services” and agricultural operators. SGARs cannot be sold or used for any other purposes while the temporary ban is in effect. Essential services have been identified to avoid disruption to critical safety and food supply functions in the province and were based on the Covid-19 essential services provincial list. Essential services include businesses and services for public health and safety, critical infrastructure, food supply, transportation, sanitation, communications and information technology and mortuary related services. Please visit https://www.gov.bc.ca/
Some key changes for vendors/dispensers include:
Some key changes for users include:
In addition to imposing a temporary ban on use of SGARS, ministry staff are taking action to address risks associated with the use of rodenticides, including:
Details of the ban, including a recorded presentation explaining these changes, support materials outlining how the rules have changed and best practices to manage rodents are available at https://www.gov.bc.ca/
Additional questions or comments about the Minister’s Order temporarily banning the sale and use of SGARs, can be submitted to BC.IPM@gov.bc.ca.