Part Two - Selling and Buying Pesticides

Pesticide sales in Alberta are regulated at all levels of distribution and sale to end-users including:

  • Wholesale pesticide vendors selling pesticides identified in Schedule 1 or 2 (federally classed Restricted and Commercial pesticides) or pesticides identified in Schedule 3 (primarily federally classed Domestic pesticides) must hold a Wholesale Vendor Registration.
  • Retail pesticide vendors selling pesticides identified in Schedules 1 and 2 must hold a valid Agrichemical Warehousing Standards Association (AWSA) Certificate or a Pesticide Vendor Registration and employ at least one individual at each Retail outlet who holds a recognized Commercial Pesticide Dispenser Certificate.
  • Retail outlets selling pesticide identified in Schedule 3 must employ at least one individual at each Retail outlet who holds a Lawn & Garden Pesticide Dispenser Certificate.
  • In addition to employing a dispenser (or applicator) at each outlet, every vendor must ensure that the dispenser or a dispenser assistant is working at the outlet at all times that the outlet is open for business.
  • Dispensers can train dispenser assistants by completing a Dispenser Assistant Training Checklist that is included in the Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides, which must be conducted yearly. Vendors must keep a copy of the checklist that has been completed for every assistant for 5 years and make a copy of the checklist upon request by Alberta Environment and Parks.

To view information on Schedules 1, 2 and 3, see:

Who Can Sell Pesticides in Alberta

A person or company wanting to sell pesticides described in Schedule 1 or 2 must either hold a Pesticide Vendor Registration or a valid Agrichemical Warehousing Standards Association Warehouse (AWSA) Certification of Compliance.

There are 2 types of vendor registrations as follows:

  • Wholesale: for persons who wholesale pesticides in Schedules 1, 2 and 3 to other Wholesale Pesticide Vendors or to Retail Pesticide Vendors, and
  • Retail: for persons who sell pesticides in Schedules 1 and 2 to an end-user.

AWSA Certificates of Compliance holders are deemed registered and do not need to obtain a Pesticide Vendor Registration. Further information can be found at:

Note that no vendor registration is required for:

  • retail sale of pesticides in Schedule 3.
  • retail and wholesale of pesticides identified in Schedule 4.

Dispenser Certification

To ensure that customers have access to correct information regarding pest control and pesticide use and that at least one person at each Retail Pesticide Vendor Registration (or AWSA certified) or outlet selling pesticides in Schedule 3 has knowledge of pesticide sales regulations and safety requirements, every outlet selling pesticides described in Schedule 1, 2 or 3 must have at least one certified pesticide dispenser.

To ensure that customers have access to correct information regarding pest control and pesticide use and that at least one person at each Retail Pesticide Vendor Registration (or AWSA certified) or outlet selling pesticides in Schedule 3 has knowledge of pesticide sales regulations and safety requirements:

  • Every outlet selling pesticides described in Schedule 1, 2 or 3 must have at least one certified pesticide dispenser.
  • In addition, the dispenser or dispenser assistant must be working at the outlet at all times that the outlet is open for business.

More information on dispenser certification is available at:

Sales to Appropriate Individuals

The Agri-chemical industry and Alberta Environment and Parks share a common goal to minimize the risk of pesticides to human health and the environment. Commercial Pesticide Vendors must comply with government sales requirements and government and industry pesticide storage requirements. They must ensure that only qualified people are sold Schedule 1 and 2 pesticide products.

Schedule 1 and 2 pesticides may only be sold to:

  • certified pesticide applicators,
  • Pesticide Service Registration holders,
  • Bonafide farmers, ranchers, commercial greenhouse operators and market gardeners.*
  • a number of specified Commercial pesticides are available to acreage owners and hobby greenhouse operators. A list of the specified Commercial class pesticide active ingredients is included in the Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides.

*NOTE: In cases where the label specifies "For use by certified or qualified applicator only", the pesticide may NOT be sold to non-certified farmers, commercial greenhouse operators and market gardeners.

Registered Pesticide Products

A document has been developed to assist vendors in determining the Federal Classification and Provincial Schedule of all registered pesticide and also includes who can purchase and use pesticides in Alberta.

Related Information

The following links will provide further information on sale of pesticides in Alberta:

 

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Updated: Sep 24, 2018