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Commercial Lawn Care

Lawn care companies must meet certain requirements to operate in Prince Edward Island.  

Licenses and Certification

A lawn care company must hold a valid Class E (landscape) Pesticide Application Business License if they wish to apply pesticides.  A company holding this license must submit, annually, a detailed record of their pesticide use.  Each individual who applies a pesticide for a lawn-care company must hold a valid Class E (landscape) Pesticide Applicator Certificate.  The broadcast application of any pesticide by a licensed applicator is discouraged.

Banned and Restricted Products

The use of pesticides containing 2,4-D is restricted to application on commercial golf courses.  Golf courses can continue to purchase and use commercial pesticides containing the active ingredient 2,4-D, under the provisions of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.  

PEI Municipalities have the authority to create their own bylaws that could influence what pesticides can be used within their boundaries.  Please ensure you are well informed of these bylaws. 

Disposal of Product

Old or unwanted commercial pesticides and pesticide containers are considered hazardous waste.  These should be returned to the vendor for proper disposal. 

Compliance and Enforcement

Public education and outreach is important when promoting compliance.  Inspections, investigations, orders, and prosecutions will also be used to ensure compliance with existing legislation.  Violations under the PEI Pesticides Control Act are subject to penalties outlined under the PEI Summary Offences Act. Financial penalties may range from $1,000 to $50,000 for a person and $5,000 to $250,000 for a corporation.


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