Canada – Announcing the next steps toward a sustainable approach to pesticides management in Canada

Government of Canada moves forward on commitments to strengthen the pesticide review process

June 20, 2023 | Ottawa, ON | Health Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring responsible pesticide management across the country.

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, along with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), announced next steps toward a sustainable approach to pesticides management while giving farmers the tools they need to keep providing reliable access to safe and nutritious food.

In addition, Health Canada published a Notice of Intent, which began consultations on proposed amendments to the Pest Control Products Regulations (PCPR). These proposed amendments are a result of the 2022 consultations on targeted review of the Pest Control Products Act.

Following consultation with stakeholders to better understand Canadians’ expectations about the pesticide regulatory review process and its transparency, Health Canada has restarted the science-based process of evaluating acceptable increases to pesticide residue limits, in line with international guidelines. The health and safety of Canadians will remain at the forefront of the process.

Additionally, the Government of Canada is eliminating the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes on federal lands through amendments to the Greening Government Strategy (GGS), led by Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS). The GGS specifies how the Government of Canada will transition to net-zero carbon and climate-resilient operations by 2050, while also reducing environmental impacts beyond carbon, including on waste, water and biodiversity. 

ECCC will generate real-world data to help make progress on this sustainable approach to pesticides management in Canada and to better understand the impacts of pesticides on the environment.

These next steps from the Government of Canada are aligned with Canada’s commitment to implementing the 2022 Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which aims to halt and reverse biodiversity loss. The Framework includes a focus on reducing the overall risk from pesticides by at least half by 2030. There are many ways to reduce risk that are not correlated to reduction in pesticide use, for example, the timing of application, the effectiveness of a given product, science, and other pest management approaches. As such, the GBF target focuses on the overall impacts and risk management of pesticides and does not command a specific target reduction in pesticide use.

Health Canada has been and will continue to increase the transparency and accessibility of decisions, including posting plain language summaries of key decisions online and disclosing applicants’ names as applications enter the review stage for both pre- and post-market. Health Canada has also launched the external Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for pest control products and consulted key stakeholders on a transition to a continuous oversight approach and systematic review of emerging science.

“It is only through a whole of government approach that we will be more successful in creating a sustainable way forward in pesticide management for the safety of our health, the environment, and wildlife. By taking these initial steps today, we are paving the way towards stronger pesticide management in Canada.”

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos

Minister of Health

“Real-world data is critical to enhancing our understanding of the impacts of pesticides on the environment. By increasing monitoring and research on this issue, and eliminating the unnecessary use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes on federal lands, the Government of Canada is taking important first steps to support its commitments under the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.”

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada

“Pesticides are part of the toolbox agricultural producers use to protect their crops from pests and contribute to their productivity. The measures announced by our government today help to ensure responsible access, framed by reliable data, to these essential inputs, while protecting health and the environment.”

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

“Today, a new approach was put forward to eliminate the non-essential, cosmetic use of pesticides on federal lands. Our commitment to leading by example through the Greening Government Strategy is not just about the fight against climate change, but also about protecting biodiversity and greenspaces. This amendment will put these goals into action and further expand our efforts.”

The Honourable Mona Fortier

President of the Treasury Board of Canada

To further strengthen the transparency and sustainability of pesticide management in Canada, on August 4, 2021, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $50 million in Health Canada’s PMRA and AAFC’s pest management research, to be supported by ECCC and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). 

Health Canada, ECCC, CFIA and AAFC have been working in collaboration on PMRA’s Transformation Agenda.

At the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) in December 2022, the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) was adopted; this framework sets out direction for global actions to halt and reverse biodiversity loss, including four goals to achieve by 2050, and 23 targets to reach by 2030.

ECCC is leading work on a whole-of-government approach to implement the GBF, including the development of Canada’s 2030 National Biodiversity Strategy.

The Science Advisory Committee on Pest Control Products (SAC-PCP) was launched in January 2022 and act as an advisory role to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is working to develop the Sustainable Agriculture Strategy, which will be a coordinated approach to agri-environmental issues. Discussions that are currently underway provide an opportunity to consider the sustainable use of pesticides and potential impacts on water, soil health, and biodiversity. Working together with the agriculture sector, AAFC intends to set a shared direction for collective action to improve environmental performance over the long-term while supporting farmer livelihoods.

Guillaume Bertrand
Senior Communications Advisor and Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health

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Announcing PLM Road Map EMEA & PDT Europe 2023

This PLM-focused event will take place in Paris, France in November.

Plan to attend PLM Road Map & PDT in Paris, France

Plan to attend PLM Road Map & PDT in Paris, France

ANN ARBOR, Mich.May 25, 2023PRLog — CIMdata and Eurostep announce that PLM Road Map EMEA & PDT 2023 Europe will take place on 15 & 16 November at the Renaissance Hotel in La Defense, Paris, France. The theme is “The Digital Thread in a Heterogeneous, Extended Enterprise Reality: A Call for PLM Professionals to Share their Knowledge and Experience.”

PLM Road Map & PDT 2023 will focus on the interests of the PLM Professional. With this in mind, our agenda will offer a mix of reports and case studies from industry experts, covering technologies, processes, and people. PLM Road Map & PDT 2023 seeks to advance our understanding of the Digital Thread. It will offer insights into where industrial end-user companies are today and how they plan to benefit from the Digital Thread in the future. Presentations will provide ways for attendees to learn from the knowledge and experiences of others and how to shorten the time for return on investment in the Digital Thread.

Agenda topics will seek to answer the following questions:

  • How do we govern the creation and expansion of a Digital Thread?
  • How do we implement a Digital Thread across a heterogenous IT landscape?
  • How do we implement a Digital Thread across an extended community of suppliers and customers?
  • How do we address security issues with a Digital Thread across an extended enterprise?
  • How does the Digital Thread enable sustainability and a circular economy?
  • How does Digital Thread realization impact the management of legacy systems and data?
  • How do we build a resilient Digital Thread?
  • What is the relationship between Digital Thread and Configuration Management?
  • What is the relationship between Digital Thread and Digital Twin?
  • Digital Thread, will AI or Blockchain add value or disrupt?
  • How do we explain the Digital Thread beyond the community of PLM Professionals?

According to CIMdata’s President & CEO, Peter Bilello, “2022 marked the return of the PLM Road Map & PDT conference to an in-person event after two years of virtual delivery. The level of enthusiasm from the PLM Economy was substantial. As evidenced by our successfully executed North American event, 2023 continues to build on that momentum, once again delivering valuable content and accessibility to PLM professionals from multiple industries across the globe. This year’s theme focuses on the elements that are vital to enabling a successful PLM strategy—equipping the PLM Professional with insight on how to get the most out of the people, processes, and technologies that enable a successful PLM environment.”

“Product data is created and consumed everywhere in an enterprise,” says Håkan Kårdén, co-founder and Marketing Director, Eurostep Group. “PLM Road Map & PDT 2023 will investigate how this data is created, re-used, shared, and governed in a true end-to-end process, downstream and upstream over the life cycle of products and systems. The right vision and framework, investments in technology, people, and processes, will help us get the Digital Threads in place, piece by piece, addressing innovation, quality, lead times, and cost. Digital Threads should be designed to be robust and resilient yet allow a business to be flexible and agile, a need we have all been made aware of during recent years, a need that will also define the future. It is time to get together again, in person, to discuss, define and deliver to all stakeholders,” ends Mr. Kårdén.

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Attendees at this event will have the unique opportunity to hear from innovators, engineers, decision makers, and key military officials on ways to drive digital transformation across the services and promote digital fluency across the DoD’s workforce. This year’s event will explore opportunities to integrate simulations, 3D models and digital twins into the engineering process to increase efficiencies in system designs; reduce cost, risk, and time; and enable better life cycle management and sustainment. Additionally, this year’s panel will explore how the services are integrating digital engineering tools to modernize the design, delivery, acquisition, and sustainment of complex warfighting platforms. Join us at this year’s Digital Engineering for Defense Summit to network with senior leaders and contribute to the discussion focused on advancing digital transformation and innovation across the DoD.

Confirmed Digital Transformation Experts Include:
– Kristen Baldwin, SES: Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
– RDML Jason Lloyd, USN: Chief Engineer and Deputy Commander for Ship Design, Integration and Naval Engineering, Naval Sea Systems Command
– Jacqueline Janning-Lask, SES: Director, Engineering and Technical Management and Services Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.
– Thomas Lockhart, SES: Director, Capability and Resource Integration (J8), U.S. Space Command.
– Timothy Gramp, SES: Chief Engineer and Deputy to the Commander, Systems Engineering and Acquisition Logistics, Marine Corps Systems Command.
– David Horner, PhD, SES: Director, Information Technology Lab, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).
– Daniel Hettema: Director, Digital Engineering, Modeling & Simulation, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

Join the digital transformation community at the 2023 Joint Fires Summit to learn from these, and many other, esteemed speakers, make connections, and much more.

The 2023 Digital Engineering for Defense Summit will take place from June 14-15 at Sunset Room in National Harbor, MD. Active-duty military and government attend free. Please visit for complete details.

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