Canada should ban bee-killing neonics in 2018!

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Europe is poised to ban neonics. We need parallel action to protect bees in Canada!

Neonicotinoid insecticides ("neonics") are on their way out of Europe. A new report from the European Union's scientific risk assessment authority concludes neonics pose a serious danger to honeybees and wild bees. EU member nations are expected to approve a proposal to ban neonics in a vote later this month. France already passed a law to phase out all neonics, starting in September 2018.

Meanwhile in Canada, the news is not as good. You can help change that!

Canada's federal pesticide regulator is inviting comments on a half-measures proposal for reducing risks to pollinators from neonics.

The proposal would end or restrict some uses of two main neonics, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. But it would allow continued widespread use of both as seed treatments.

Canada's latest proposal falls short of protecting pollinators.

Neonics are most often used as seed treatments! In Ontario alone, more than one million hectares (nearly three million acres) were planted with neonic-treated corn and soy seed in 2017, despite provincial restrictions to reduce neonic use. A plan to protect pollinators must address neonic seed treatments and sprays.

The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides - a team of independent scientists convened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature - assessed the science on neonics in two comprehensive reviews of peer-reviewed studies, published in 2015 and 2017.

Their conclusion: Neonics harm honeybees and many other species, including aquatic insects at the base of the food chain, earthworms and common birds. They are a major, worldwide threat to biodiversity and ecosystems.

Moreover, the Task Force found neonics are not as effective as once thought and can be replaced by less toxic alternatives.

The PMRA has proposed to phase out most uses of a third neonic, imidacloprid - but not until 2021 at the earliest! We need to pick up the pace and ban all neonics now.

Send a comment letter to the PMRA in one of two ways:

  1. Fill out the form to the right, using the sample text provided. Feel free to personalize your letter!


  2. Email the PMRA at Use "Neonic consultations (PRVD2017-23, PRVD2017-24, PRD2017-17, PRD2017-18)" as the subject line. Copy us at! Because the PMRA is an agency of Health Canada and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is responsible for federal pesticide regulation, copy her at

This is a joint campaign with Équiterre.


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