March 20, 2017

Call for farmer action: Pest Management Regulatory Agency review of Imidacloprid

Jeff Nielsen

On November 23, 2016, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) announced a proposed phase out of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid based on perceived risks to aquatic invertebrates.

Grain Growers, along with other grain groups, has serious concerns with the methodology and narrow data set used to come to this decision. We have been actively engaged on Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Multi-Stakeholder Forum and were pleased that PMRA extended the standard 90-day consultation period to allow submissions up to March 23, 2017.

As farmers, having access to a wide variety of safe, reliable pest control methods is crucial. As such, we are providing a letter which will allow farmers to express their comments to PMRA as part of the official consultation and amplify our industry’s collective request to see data from the 2017 crop included in the review.

If you wish to take part, download this letter and fill in the portions highlighted in yellow. An optional paragraph has been included to allow you to specific examples of how you mitigate risk on your farm.

Once the letter is personalized, please email or mail it to PMRA, copying your local Member of Parliament (find their contact information online) as well as GGC at

The deadline is March 23rd so act fast.

If you have any questions please contact Lindsey Ehman directly.


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