The Ontario government is beginning the first stage of consultations on how to shape legislation to ban the cosmetic use of pesticides.

The Notice of Proposal has been posted on the Environmental Registry on www.ebr.gov.on.ca, registry number 010-2248. The government will also seek input from health and environmental groups, agriculture, golf courses, municipalities, the pesticides industry, retailers and others.

The government recognizes that it is preferable to establish a single comprehensive law for all of Ontario rather than to have the province subject to a patchwork of local by-laws.