In 2010 the Alberta Government prohibited the sale and use of herbicide-fertilizer combination products, often referred to as ‘weed and feed’. More comprehensive legislation is still required to adequately protect Albertans from unnecessary exposure to cosmetic pesticides.
Outlined below is the current status of this issue in other Alberta municipalities:
Grande Prairie is the only municipality in Alberta that has a partial ban on cosmetic pesticide use. In 2008, their council voted to stop the cosmetic use of pesticides on select city grounds, exempting high traffic sports fields and two city parks.
Calgary and Edmonton
The issue of cosmetic pesticide use has been visited by both Calgary and Edmonton city councils at various times. Although significant measures have been considered in both municipalities (Calgary 2009, Edmonton 2012), neither city has implemented a ban or any regulation that would significantly reduce exposure to cosmetic pesticides.
In 2013, the Edmonton Public School Board amended policy to eliminate the application of cosmetic pesticides on school property, including playing fields. The amendment allows for use of less toxic pest-management products (permitted for residential use in Canadian provinces with cosmetic pesticide bans,) to control noxious weed infestations.