Ministère de l'Environnement
et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques

Report on Sales of Pesticides in Québec in 2019

The Report on Pesticide Sales for 2019 incorporates several new features while at the same time ensuring continuity in the presentation of data. The evolution of pesticide sales and risk indices since 1992 can therefore be tracked.

In addition to the usual data, the 2019 report includes:

  • a fact sheet that succinctly outlines relevant information for each pesticide covered by the agronomic justification, i.e., the product description, its toxicity, and sales at the provincial and regional levels. This is the first year that regional sales of all pesticides covered by the agronomic justification are provided;
  • details on biopesticides used by sector;
  • a compilation of sales of certain crop seeds, making it possible to estimate the surface areas sown with neonicotinoids;
  • maps showing watersheds where atrazine sales were highest.

As in previous years, the report includes the environmental pressure index, one of the indicators that reflect the pressure exerted on one hectare by the agricultural pesticides sold. Based on the Québec Pesticide Risk Indicator (QPRI) (French), the report also assesses health risk indices (HRIs) and environmental risk indices (ERIs). The Stratégie phytosanitaire québécoise en agriculture 2011-2021 (Québec phytosanitary agricultural strategy) uses the results of the risk indices to pursue its objective, which is to reduce health and environmental risks related to the use of pesticides by 25% by 2021 compared to the 2006-2008 reference period average. The government has announced a Sustainable Agriculture Plan (Plan d’agriculture durable—PAD) to be implemented over the next ten years under the responsibility of the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec. The plan introduces ambitious new reduction targets, including a 40% reduction in pesticide-related risks and a 500,000 kilogram reduction in active ingredients in synthetic pesticide sales. The report will be used to assess the plan’s outcomes.

The report is drafted annually by the Ministère to inform the public and stakeholders concerned by the sale and use of pesticides in agricultural and urban environments. The Pesticides Act provides for the collection of data, including pesticide sales data, in accordance with the Regulation respecting permits and certificates for the sale and use of pesticides. Under the Regulation, wholesale pesticide sales permit holders have been required to report their sales data on an annual basis since 1992.


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