Laval becomes first Quebec municipality to ban weed killer found in Roundup

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Glyphosate is found in some types of Roundup. Laval also banning the use of neonicotinoids as well as the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns.  (Haven Daley/The Canadian Press/AP - image credit)
Glyphosate is found in some types of Roundup. Laval also banning the use of neonicotinoids as well as the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns. (Haven Daley/The Canadian Press/AP - image credit)

A suburb north of Montreal has become the first city in Quebec to ban the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in weed killer Roundup.

Officials in Laval adopted the new bylaw on Tuesday.

The city is also banning the use in urban areas of pesticides known as neonicotinoids as well as the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns. Agricultural and horticultural businesses are exempt from the bylaw.

"Once again, the city is acting as a regional leader in environmental matters,'' executive committee member Virginie Dufour said in a statement, calling the ban "a significant action to protect health and the environment.''

Laval says biological insect-management agents known as biopesticides will still be permitted, as will low-impact pesticides.

The city says in the statement that the measure is aimed at protecting human health, pollinating insects, wildlife and natural spaces.

It plans to deploy patrols to raise public awareness of the new rules.

Despite a commitment made two years ago, the City of Montreal has still not banned glyphosate.

"We took the time to review the regulations in greater depth," said city spokesperson Laurence Houde-Roy in an email.

"We are waiting for the end of the third wave of COVID to file the regulation. For the moment, our energy is focused on managing the pandemic."