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Regulatory Oversight

The use of herbicides, such as glyphosate, is overseen in New Brunswick by a number of regulatory organizations to ensure that it’s being used safely and according to the best practices outlined in the research.

The regulations governing the use of all herbicides, including glyphosate, are set by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), an arm of Health Canada that completes periodic reviews of the scientific research about forestry chemicals. With this information, PMRA officials have the authority to update the regulations and label instructions for any product to ensure that the forestry sector is using the best possible science to manage Canada’s forests.

The New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG) then provides additional measures of safety through their Provincial Pesticides Control Act. Additional measures of safety include individual applicator certification and training as well as permits to apply product. This means that anyone who wants to use glyphosate must be qualified and apply for a provincial permit which has safety measures beyond the product label instructions. The DELG also requires organizations to submit reports and inspects operations to make sure they comply with all regulations.

New Brunswick’s Department of Natural Resources also checks each proposal to make sure it’s compliant with provincial and federal standards.