Stratford Town Council working toward decision on cosmetic pesticides

In December of 2014, the Prince Edward Island provincial government made amendments to the Municipalities Act, to provide municipalities in Prince Edward Island with the authority to create by-laws to regulate or ban the use of non-domestic pesticides for the control of landscape pests. This means that the Town of Stratford has the legal authority to regulate or ban the commercial application of cosmetic pesticides by lawn care companies, but not what homeowners themselves can apply, as they are categorized as domestic pesticides.
The Stratford Town Council understands that this is an extremely important and emotional issue with far reaching implications for many residents. With this in mind, the Town of Stratford has undertaken a multi-pronged approach to ensure the Town’s actions are informed, fair and appropriate for our residents and community.
Since this authority has been granted, the Town of Stratford has worked diligently to gather information from multiple sources about cosmetic pesticides. We are also working with the neighbouring municipalities of Charlottetown and Cornwall, to share information and discuss the potential for harmonizing regulations and enforcement to minimize confusion and maximize efficiency.
The Stratford Town Council is committed to including residents and stakeholders in the decision making process, particularly on major issues such as this. We encourage all members of the community to share their views and ideas. At this time, our 2015 resident survey is available at www.townofstratford.ca/2015survey and has a question tied directly to this issue. We hope residents take the opportunity to make their opinions heard through this year’s survey, and we would also encourage residents to engage in a discussion on this issue on our discussion board at stratchat.ca.
With the spring season quickly approaching, we are receiving pressure to reach a decision quickly. The Town of Stratford will continue to exercise due-diligence in making this decision, and believes making an informed choice with an effective and well thought out action plan is of the utmost importance. As part of the overall decision, the Town must consider and plan for such items as education so residents understand the decision, an adjustment period to ensure the effect on residents and businesses is minimal, and the challenges of enforcement.
The Town of Stratford is committed to being a sustainable community and has a vision where residents social, physical and spiritual needs are met, where our culture is diverse and thriving, where our heritage is protected and celebrated, where our natural environment is protected and respected, where there is a thriving local economy and where there is an open, accountable and collaborative governance system. Our decision making policies ensures every decision made by Council takes this vision into account, and we are confident this will ensure our actions will continue to make Stratford the best community possible.
For further Information Please contact Robert Hughes, CAO
tel 902-569-6251, email

Stratford Town Council working toward decision on cosmetic pesticides

In December of 2014, the Prince Edward Island provincial government made amendments to the Municipalities Act, to provide municipalities in Prince Edward Island with the authority to create by-laws to regulate or ban the use of non-domestic pesticides for the control of landscape pests. This means that the Town of Stratford has the legal authority to regulate or ban the commercial application of cosmetic pesticides by lawn care companies, but not what homeowners themselves can apply, as they are categorized as domestic pesticides.
The Stratford Town Council understands that this is an extremely important and emotional issue with far reaching implications for many residents. With this in mind, the Town of Stratford has undertaken a multi-pronged approach to ensure the Town’s actions are informed, fair and appropriate for our residents and community.
Since this authority has been granted, the Town of Stratford has worked diligently to gather information from multiple sources about cosmetic pesticides. We are also working with the neighbouring municipalities of Charlottetown and Cornwall, to share information and discuss the potential for harmonizing regulations and enforcement to minimize confusion and maximize efficiency.
The Stratford Town Council is committed to including residents and stakeholders in the decision making process, particularly on major issues such as this. We encourage all members of the community to share their views and ideas. At this time, our 2015 resident survey is available at www.townofstratford.ca/2015survey and has a question tied directly to this issue. We hope residents take the opportunity to make their opinions heard through this year’s survey, and we would also encourage residents to engage in a discussion on this issue on our discussion board at stratchat.ca.
With the spring season quickly approaching, we are receiving pressure to reach a decision quickly. The Town of Stratford will continue to exercise due-diligence in making this decision, and believes making an informed choice with an effective and well thought out action plan is of the utmost importance. As part of the overall decision, the Town must consider and plan for such items as education so residents understand the decision, an adjustment period to ensure the effect on residents and businesses is minimal, and the challenges of enforcement.
The Town of Stratford is committed to being a sustainable community and has a vision where residents social, physical and spiritual needs are met, where our culture is diverse and thriving, where our heritage is protected and celebrated, where our natural environment is protected and respected, where there is a thriving local economy and where there is an open, accountable and collaborative governance system. Our decision making policies ensures every decision made by Council takes this vision into account, and we are confident this will ensure our actions will continue to make Stratford the best community possible.
For further Information Please contact Robert Hughes, CAO
tel 902-569-6251, email

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