Ontario farmers who buy and use Class B or C pesticides on farms must be certified.
Ontario farmers who mix, load or apply Class B or C pesticides under supervision of a Certified Farmer must be trained.
January 1, 2021
The classification of pesticides in Ontario changed on January 1, 2021. Starting on January 1, 2021, farmers need to be certified to buy and use Class B or C pesticides, and trained if working under supervision of a Certified Farmer. This includes Class 4 pesticides that could previously be used without a person needing to be certified or trained.
To become a Certified Farmer, you must:
- participate in a Grower Pesticide Safety Course and pass with a mark of 75% or more, AND
- be 16 years of age or older, AND
- be a farmer as defined under Regulation 63/09 of the Ontario Pesticides Act.
Anyone is welcome to take the course and only those who meet the required age and farmer definition will be issued a certificate.
To become a Farmer Assistant, you must participate in:
- a Grower Pesticide Safety Course, OR
- a Pesticide Safety for Farmer Assistants training session presented by an On-Farm Instructor. On-Farm Instructors, hired outside the farm, set their own training fees.
To become an On-Farm Instructor, you must:
- participate in an On-Farm Instructor Course. This course is for Certified Farmers who want to become qualified to train Farmer Assistants.