Pesticide Incident Reporting Form for the Public - Environmental Incident

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To submit form, send to:

Mailing address:

Health Canada
Pest Management Regulatory Agency
2720 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
A.L. 6606D2
K1A 0K9

Attention: Pesticide Incident Reporting Program

1-800-267-6315 within Canada
1-613-736-3799 outside of Canada (Long distance charges apply)


  • It is important to provide as much information as possible. The more information collected, the better understanding the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) will have of the incident.
  • Do not include information in the report form that could lead to the identification of an individual. Examples include doctor’s names, hospital names, etc. This information will not be added to our records.
  • If there is not enough space provided for you to answer the question, you may attach a separate sheet with the text on it.

How will the information you are about to report be used by the PMRA?

Pesticides are tested and evaluated for environmental and health risks before they are registered by the PMRA. However, some adverse effects may not become evident until the product is used under “real-life” circumstances. The information you are about to report will provide the PMRA with valuable data regarding potential risks to humans, domestic animals or the environment from the use of pesticides under “real-life” circumstances.

Information provided by the public and by professionals is added to the PMRA database on pesticides. The database will be regularly searched for any type of pattern related to a specific pesticide. If the result of a search indicates that there is a trend, such as multiple incidents for a particular pesticide, the PMRA will evaluate the information in conjunction with scientific literature. If evaluation of this information identifies a safety issue, appropriate action will be taken.

In order for the information you provide to be useful, it is necessary to be as specific as possible, particularly with regards to the type of pesticide and the effect(s) experienced.


Any information related to the identity of persons will be protected as per the Privacy Act. Any unsolicited personal information will be destroyed.


Use a separate form for each type of organism affected (see Question 6).

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If someone else told you about it, check ‘No’

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Registration number examples:

  • Registration No. 23756 Pest Control Products Act
  • REG. NO. 55555 P.C.P ACT

Product name example:

  • Weed Be Gone

Active ingredient example:

  • glyphosate

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Application rate examples:

  • 10L of pesticide
  • 12 g ai/ha

Site examples:

  • corn
  • strawberries
  • wood lot
  • apple orchard

Method of application examples:

  • aerial
  • groundboom
  • air blast sprayer

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Examples of names:

  • Lilac bush
  • Canada Goose
  • Trout

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For plants, indicate if the entire plant was affected or a portion of it.

Estimate the percentage of plant(s) affected.

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Examples of symptoms or effects:

  • death
  • twitching
  • discolouration of leaves
  • wilting

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Examples of outcomes:

  • full recovery
  • affected reproduction
  • permanent plant damage
  • death

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Environmental samples can include animals, water, sediment, etc.

It is beneficial to submit all analytical results.

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The name, address and telephone number of the manufacturer can be found on the pesticide label.

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IMPORTANT: do not include personal information such as names or addresses.(See Confidentiality Statement)

Analytical results = chemical or residue analysis of animals that died; water; soil; plant material; etc.

Include any information that would be considered important in the review of this incident.

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1. Did you observe this incident first hand? Help 1
2. Provide location where the incident occurred:

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6. What type of animal was affected? (Choose only one per form) Help 6

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10. Where was/were the animal(s) or plant(s) found?

11. Were environmental samples collected and analysed? Help 11

12. Has this incident been reported to the manufacturer? Help 12

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PMRA/ARLA 7008 (May 2008)

Definitions - Pesticide Incident Reporting for the Public

Active ingredient

The ingredient in a pesticide that is responsible for the intended effects of the product.

Adverse effect

A detrimental effect that relates to the health or environmental risks of a pesticide.


The act of applying the pesticide on its intended site.

Bait station

A method of pesticide application. Bait treated with a pesticide that is placed in a container. Access is restricted to target pests (e.g. rodents).


A cultivated plant.

Domestic animal

An animal that is under the control of humans and is dependent on them for its survival. It includes pets and livestock.


Contact with a source of a pesticide in such a manner that effective transmission of the pesticide occurs.


An event that occurs where an adverse effect is observed, and relates to humans, domestic animals or the environment.


A “label” includes any legend, word or symbol that conveys information and is attached to, included in, or accompanying a pesticide. All pesticides offered for sale in Canada must bear the approved label.

Method of application

The way in which the pesticide is applied to the site.


An individual animal, plant, or single-celled life form.

Personal information

Any information that can be used alone, or in conjunction with other information, to identify a person.


A pest control product. Any product, device, organism or substance that is manufactured, represented, sold or used as a means for directly or indirectly controlling, preventing, destroying, mitigating, attracting or repelling a pest.

Registration number

A four or five digit number assigned to each registered pesticide by the PMRA. All pesticides must be registered and be issued a registration number before being permitted for sale, import or use in Canada. May be listed on the pesticide label as “REG. NO. ####”, “Registration No. ####”, or “Registration Number ####”.

Route of exposure

The manner in which a person, animal or the environment comes into contact with a pesticide. It is the pathway taken by the pesticide.


The location, area, structure, object or organism that a pesticide may be applied to.