Schedule 1 Begins for the Phase-In of Professional Pest Advisors

Fall is a great time to scout for wireworms and grubs if you require a Pest Assessment Report (PAR) for the purchase of Class 12 Pesticides (neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed) for next year's growing season. A PAR is valid for 12 months from the time the assessment was completed. Anyone certified through the IPM course at https://www.ipmcertified.ca/ can conduct the PAR each year until the year that their farm property lands within one of the schedules, at which time a Professional Pest Advisor (PPA) is required to complete the assessment.

Schedule 1 begins on August 31, 2017 until August 30, 2018. Those farm properties that are in the counties listed under Schedule 1 will require a PPA to conduct their next Pest Assessment Report (see Table 1). This does not change the expiration date of PARs that were completed prior to August 31st. It means that once the PARs do expire after 12 months, the next PAR must be completed by a PPA. Also beginning on August 31, 2017, the regulation requires that the professional pest advisor be financially independent. This means he/she cannot receive a specific financial incentive (above and beyond their salary or commission) to promote the sale of Class 12 pesticide-treated corn or soybean seed over the sale of non-Class 12 seed.

Who qualifies as a Professional Pest Advisor?

To act as a professional pest advisor under the regulation defining pesticides classes, O. Reg. 63/09, the advisor must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • certified as a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) by the American Society of Agronomy and be a member in good standing of the Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Association
  • registered as a member (e.g. a professional agrologist) under the Ontario Institute of Professional Agrologists Act 2013, with a field of practice relating to pest control or the production, processing and protection of agricultural, horticultural and related products and supplies
  • hold an authorizing certificate issued by an out-of-province regulatory authority in respect of a field of practice similar to a professional agrologist or CCA
  • have qualifications equivalent to a CCA or professional agrologist as determined by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

Beginning on August 31, 2017, subsection 8.2 (8) of O. Reg. 63/09 requires that a professional pest advisor be financially independent. This means he/she cannot receive a specific financial incentive (above and beyond their salary or commission) to promote the sale of Class 12 pesticide-treated corn or soybean seed over the sale of non-Class 12 seed.

Table 1: Professional Pest Advisor Requirement Phase-In - Excerpt from the Integrated Pest Management Course for Corn and Soybeans

Date Schedule Counties or Regions
Aug 31, 2018 Schedule 2 Bruce, Elgin, Grey, Haldimand, Hamilton, Huron, Nipissing, Norfolk, Ottawa, Oxford, Peel, Sudbury, Waterloo
Aug 31, 2019 Schedule 3 Algoma, Brant, Chatham-Kent, Cochrane, Durham, Essex, Haliburton, Hastings, Kawartha Lakes, Kenora, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, Manitoulin, Niagara, Northumberland, Parry Sound, Perth, Peterborough, Prescott and Russell, Rainy River, Renfrew, Simcoe, Thunder Bay, Timiskaming, York

There are several resources available on how to conduct an Inspection of Soil Pest Assessment and scout for wireworms and grubs including:


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