Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach that uses a combination of pest management techniques in an organized program to suppress pest populations in effective, economical and environmentally sound ways.

Integrated Pest Management

What are the regulatory requirements of integrated pest management?

Pesticides application and pest control activities are regulated in BC by the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Act and Regulations.
The primary goals of the IPM Act and Regulation are to:

  • Establish regulatory requirements based on degree of risk to human health and the environment;
  • Promote environmental stewardship and integrated pest management; and
  • Set clear and enforceable standards for the protection of human health and the environment.

The regulations cover the sale, use and handling of pesticides in the province. Pesticides are categorized into three groups – permit restricted pesticides, excluded pesticides, and non-excluded pesticides. All non-excluded pesticides applications require a license and a certificate. The regulations also prescribe specific record keeping and reporting requirements, as well as public notification of pesticides application, labeling, transportation, storage, disposal practices, and application precautionary measures.

The Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is responsible for pesticide regulation in Canada. This branch of Health Canada consolidates the resources and responsibilities for pest management regulation.

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How is this applicable to UBC?

The following UBC units which may use non-excluded pesticides are affected by and need to comply with the above Act and regulations, and with the UBC Integrated Pest Management Procedures below:

  • The Botanical Garden
  • The Nitobe Memorial Garden
  • The Botanical Garden Nursery
  • The Faculty of Land and Food Systems: Totem Field & Green house
  • The Department of Botany- Greenhouse
  • The Department of Forest Sciences – if pesticides are used for purpose other than research on pesticides
  • The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
  • Building Operations: Municipal Services – landscaping group; Custodial Services- rodent control activities; Building Operations nursery
  • Student Housing and Hospitality Services – rodent control activities

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What are the integrated pest management procedures?

Integrated pest management procedure (PDF)

 

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